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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Musicians Finger-Faked Inaugural Music

As if the flubbed oath of office wasn't enough, it has now been revealed that the all-star musical ensemble at Barack Obama's inauguration didn't play the music you heard live. The honorable Itzhak Perlman, Gabriela Montero, Yo-Yo Ma, and Anthony McGill actually played on the stage, but the music played over the loudspeakers and on television was pre-recorded.

This is so deep, it's hard to know where to begin. The phony music is a metaphor for the phony message of hope and change. Remember the famous Obama kids music video? As loony as that was, at least it wasn't fake. Obama's gonna save us, oh yeah.

Back by popular demand, the real thing, not pre-recorded, not canned, just pure unadulterated joy of hoping for change. Whatever, here it is:

Don't forget the international version of the Obama kids music video.
UPDATE: Apparently there was a very quiet disclosure of the plan to run pre-recorded music. The Hill blog posted a short entry on the subject at 11:21 a.m. on the day of the inauguration, just before the musicians played. The official Presidential Inaugural website makes no mention of pre-recording, simply stating "Musical Selection: John Williams, composer/arranger with Itzhak Perlman, (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet) ." And as the article linked in the initial post above makes clear, a spokeswoman for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies denied that there was any, or any need for, disclosure that the music was pre-recorded.
UPDATE No. 2: It does not appear that the Marine Band used pre-recorded music, although one report indicates they had a Plan B in place just in case the weather turned really foul. The Marine Band prepared for the weather by replacing metal mouthpieces on brass instruments with plastic, to avoid lips sticking to metal, and applied extra lube to all moving parts.

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