Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.
President-elect Donald Trump arrived for his swearing-in ceremony earlier today. Photo:
There’s been plenty of news about performers declining invitations to appear at the Inauguration.
For example, on January 13th, Jennifer Holliday was announced as one of the performers in the “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration.” But less than 24 hours later, she dropped out, citing backlash from the LGBT community.
“I was honestly just thinking that I wanted my voice to be a healing and unifying force for hope through music to help our deeply polarized county. Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my own personal beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence… sincerely apologize for my lapse of judgement, for being uneducated on the issues that affect every American at this crucial time in history and for causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans.”
Fine Jennifer. Stay home. Don’t need you.
There’s plenty of top notch entertainment planned. In this week’s segment, some of the artists who accepted their invites.
Toby Keith performed at the “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” on Thursday. Keith told the Chicago Tribune that he is a registered Independent, but that he was a Democrat for his entire life. However the party started to disown him when he began to support the troops.
Keith favors national health care, although he believes not everybody deserves to have health care.
“I don’t think every single American citizen deserves to have national health care…if you’re sitting around drinking beer, talking on your cell phone, smoking cigarettes, sitting on the porch and not trying, I don’t know if you deserve it,” he said.
As for the Inauguration, “I don’t apologize for performing for our country or military,” said Keith “I performed at events for previous presidents [George W.] Bush and [Barack] Obama and over 200 shows in Iraq and Afghanistan for the USO.”
Our next performers are the Piano Guys. I admit I knew little about them, so I sought help from Billboard.com:
“Technically, the Piano Guys are the music duo of pianist Jon Schmidt and cellist Steven Sharp Nelson, but they’re also a 21st century multimedia collective that includes Paul Anderson and studio engineer and writer Al van der Beek. Together they produce musical and video gems that mash up classical themes with pop songs that have made the group’s YouTube channel one of the most visited on the planet.”
Now that I am somewhat familiar with the group I confess I love ’em. This selection is not patriotic, but timely, creative, and fun that I think you’ll enjoy.
We return to serious.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sang “This is My Country” during the 1965 inauguration of Lyndon Johnson. It sang that same song and “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 1969 inauguration of Richard Nixon.
The Tabernacle Choir sang prelude music at the swearing-in ceremony for George H.W. Bush in 1989, and it has performed at inaugural parades for Ronald Reagan in 1981, George H.W. Bush in 1989 and George W. Bush in 2001, when it sang “America, the Beautiful.”
The song the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform during Donald Trump’s presidential Inauguration…
Next, the incredible 16-year old starlet, Jackie Evancho. She sang the National Anthem at today’s Inauguration.
Boris Epshteyn, director of communications for the inauguration committee said: “As the youngest solo artist to ever go platinum, she is a true role model and inspiration for people young and old in our country and around the globe. Jackie represents the best and the brightest of America.”
Evancho happens to have a transgender sister who supports her sister’s decision to perform at the Inauguration..
“I just kind of thought that this (performing at the Inauguration) is for my country,” Evancho said. “So if people are going to hate on me it’s for the wrong reason.”
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
Now for our close.
President Trump is a New Yorker.
The fabulous Rockettes are synonymous with the Big Apple.
And they’re not just about Christmas.