Shock! Fewer than 24 hours after the event, word that Beyonce pre-recorded her song. This was at first confirmed by the U.S. Marine Corp Band which accompanied Beyonce, and later retracted. The truth will win. We just don't know it yet. Read earlier post, and its irony:
Whatever side of the political aisle you call home, most would agree this was a great day for America. The British have their gilded carriages and the French have the Palace at Versailles. But our U.S. Capitol building on Inauguration Day seems about 80 stories tall. It makes all of America stand a little taller for being witness to the swearing in of a U.S. President. Today it was pomp, parade and pop.
The Inaugural committee fixed the pre-recording fiasco that marred the 2009 ceremony when Classical music superstars Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Anthony McGill and Gabriel Montero balked at playing their delicate musical instruments in the January cold, and instead played a "pre-recorded" selection. This day was all about keeping it real.
I can't recall a Presidential Inauguration that hit all the right notes with the music as this one did. Even President Obama wiped away a tear as he listened to the moving performance of the non-denominational Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. If you can't watch the entire performance without a chill up your spine, then I want to hear from you. We night need to get your patriotism checked.
All of today's music is worthy of a second glance and a third and a fourth.... I searched for the cleanest copies out there and present the best below. Unfortunately ABC-TV's has a full :30 commercial prior to the music, but theirs was the best audio and video version of Beyonce's "Star Spangled Banner" and once you listen to the commercial, it won't be there for subsequent viewings on the same computer. Kelly Clarkson's performance begins with a British dude from SkyTV, but he does eventually yield to the song.
So sit back and enjoy the best that America has to offer, beginning with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. In their smart fur-trimmed red coats for women and navy coats with red scarves for men, they perform the Battle Hymn of the Republic.
Let's move on to an under-dressed but otherwise elegantly understated acoustic guitar performance of America the Beautiful by James Taylor.
Kelly Clarkson said she was nervous and cold, proving once again that this vocal superstar can overcome just about anything to hit all the right notes. Afterward she jokingly tweeted a thank you to the President for being such a good warm-up act. Clarkson sang My Country Tis of Thee.
Beyonce is getting most of the buzz for yet another solid rendition of The Star Spangled Banner. Do you recall she sang the National Anthem during the infamous wardrobe malfunction Super Bowl in 2004? Probably not. Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake stole that show. Beyonce is the official, unofficial National Anthem queen.