have you ever heard a favorite song sung by a singer who has totally ignored the notes the songwriter wrote? does it make you want to throttle the sinner [not a typo!] and his/her arranger, along with the musicians who would abet the commission of such a dastardly deed, as it does me? for the umpteenth time in weeks now, i just heard yet again a major tv commercial that features a woman [i think] mangling 'new york, new york' to the point where only the words bear any resemblance to the original... it's so bad i have to mute the tv whenever it pops up, to keep from decking my beloved new oversized flat screen with the remote... what i want to know is: 1.how can it be legal to do that to a written/copyrighted set of notes; 2.how can any self-respecting vocal/orchestral artist do such a thing with a clear conscience... and 3.how can any vocalist with half a brain think their version is better than the classic they've just murdered? ok... vent over... but i'm still seething!