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...
To me, this inauguration is a sign of the times. In order to embrace high culture, one must be exposed to it. Look at what the kids are exposed to now: trashy rap lyrics protected under freedom of speech, television where vulgarity and debauchery are celebrated, and book written on the level of a twelve year old. I will always be grateful to my high school choir teacher, Mrs. Xelia Hickson, who exposed this country/bluegrass girl to classical music. To this day, Handel's "Messiah" still gives me goose bumps.
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.
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