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High Culture Belongs at Inaugurations

fromohio Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 9:36 AM
It is obvious that you didn't get the memo on the huge demographic changes those occurred in the country in the last few years. Americentric or eurocentric old fashioned, racially loaded culture is out! In is the vast majority favored rap and pop. /sarcasm off/
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...