In response to:

High Culture Belongs at Inaugurations

AppraisHer Wrote: Feb 02, 2013 4:18 PM
It's the continuation of the "fundamental change". Shallow people, entertaining the empty suit and his tasteless consort. Movin' On Up vs decorum...fitting if not pathetic.
In the days since the second Obama inauguration, I've been thinking about Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce. No, not the great lip-synching controversy, but the choice of popular entertainment for a solemn national rite.

That Beyonce apparently lip-synched her beautiful rendition of the national anthem is a triviality. It's cold on the steps of the Capitol and even the greatest singer might have trouble sounding good in those conditions. Kelly Clarkson apparently sang live (and perhaps paid a price in quality). Four years ago, at Obama's first inauguration, a quartet consisting of Yo-Yo Ma, Yitzhak Perlman, Gabriela Montero and Anthony McGill (it sounds...