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High Culture Belongs at Inaugurations

Jack2894 Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 11:43 AM
What a stupid complaint. If I had my way they would feature a country singer playing "This land is Your Land" and leave it at that.
midfielder2 Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 2:21 PM
More drivel from one of the Off brothers.
mhood175 Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 9:08 PM
Now that wasn't nice, you gotta play nice children or I'll take your marbles away!
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...