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High Culture Belongs at Inaugurations

Kevin 354 Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 6:06 PM
Should I become inaugurated, I shall have a wind up monkey clanging symbols, beating a drum, and lipsinking "Bah Bah Black Sheep" as the entertainment, and the fashion will be togas(Class aye). I will lead the parade while riding a greased pig side saddle( so as not to reveal-- what is in the bill). We will all recite poetry together by shouting out every word that rhymes with pulpit as a display of our national unity.
mhood175 Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 9:08 PM
Just think, he could have had rap and then some street dancin' and some 1000 man marches!
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...