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High Culture Belongs at Inaugurations

mhubbard Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 9:50 AM
You have to know and recognize high culture. Most in the country don't. Also, high culture belongs to the wealthy. they are the ones who have been able to consistently afford it. Thus Obama choosing pop culture actually could have been a subtle signal. (Not that I believe in him being subtle.)
ppotts Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 4:34 PM
high culture belongs to anyone to aspires to enjoy it. The current inhabitants of the white house are not high culture nor do they even acknowledge its existence. These are truly the trashiest people that have ever slept there. America is ashamed.
America is Over Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 2:26 PM
"Also, high culture belongs to the wealthy."

In the 1930's, 1940's, and 1950's,Hollywood turned opera stars into movie stars. Big Bands used classical melodies as the basis of popular hits. In the 1950's, Ebbets Field featured "Bring Your Instrument Day" and the stands were packed with kids and their instruments.

It's not the culture, it's the people.
Wooster Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 11:05 AM
"Also, high culture belongs to the wealthy. "

Maybe 100 years ago. In this age, classical recordings cost way less than whatever is popular at the moment.

"Thus Obama choosing pop culture actually could have been a subtle signal."

Definitely. He takes every opportunity to appeal to the easily manipulated unwashed masses.
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...