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Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Tue, 20th Jan '09 12:06 PM


What a wonderful, human moment.
My heart is so full.
God Bless us one and all.

Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Tue, 20th Jan '09 1:12 PM

The Justice may have stumbled over the wording but our President knew what he was saying!

Quackinator  (Level: 175.6 - Posts: 151)
Tue, 20th Jan '09 1:29 PM

It was a great piece! I hope a recording will be available for sale.

Seniorrita  (Level: 140.1 - Posts: 223)
Tue, 20th Jan '09 4:08 PM

. . it's already on Youtube! Go there then enter "Air and Simple Gifts"

Lyrics for "Simple Gifts"

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight
'Till by turning, turning we come round right.

Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Tue, 20th Jan '09 5:51 PM

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Tue, 20th Jan '09 10:06 PM

I thought I recognized that as a "shaker" hymn, and sure enough it is. I'm surprised that the Obama inauguration has made into Wikipedia already!

Pennwoman  (Level: 161.8 - Posts: 2476)
Thu, 22nd Jan '09 8:24 AM

I still say, the President knew exactly what his oath was, even if the Justice fumbled a bit!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Fri, 23rd Jan '09 12:49 AM

They were both really excited. If you watch, the new president started to repeat before Justice Roberts was completed with the phrase, that obviously shook or tripped up Justice Roberts and it was a short fumble before recovery.

Little bobbles are what make weddings memorable, too.

Sometimes it's ok to realize that the more excited people are, the more little bobbles happen. And goodness, I know the inauguration of Reagan had even more viewers, but I don't think any other inauguration ever felt the need to be so...perfect....before. The more pressure, the more somebody's going to do something you didn't expect reacting to that pressure.

I tell my kids, in performances, both concert and solos, everybody makes mistakes. It's not "if," it's "when." The professionalism shows in what you do immediately after the mistake.

I'm glad they redid it just so nobody will do anything stupid like sue or something. But those 2 human beings were ...human. I personally would have had my knees buckle under me and fainted dead away.

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Fri, 23rd Jan '09 12:18 PM

Here's another tidbit to fuel your fire Linda... I just heard this morning that the performance we heard was pre-recorded. They were actually playing but not mic'ed. They were afraid the stringed instruments would malfunction due to the cold weather.

Can't blame them, and it doesn't bother me one bit - but apparently there is some uproar about it now lol

Bigdavy  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 539)
Fri, 23rd Jan '09 12:54 PM

What I heard was that they couldn't properly tune their instruments in the cold. Whole thing stinks if you ask me.

Salzypat  (Level: 161.3 - Posts: 5414)
Fri, 23rd Jan '09 3:08 PM

Have any of you ever played an instrument in freezing weather? I have.

Years ago, back when I was in high school and the rocks were still cooling, I played trombone in the marching band. The last regular football game of the season was always on Armistice Day (now Veterans Day - Nov. 11). In northern Nebraska you can pretty much depend on freezing temps after the sun goes down (the games were at night).

So, the band lined up at the goal post to wait for half time to be called. Everybody had been working their instruments to keep them limbered up.

We got the nod to begin marching down the field. (Oh yeah, important piece of info - the trombones always marched in the front row - probably so we wouldn't poke anyone in the backside).

We had not gone very far onto the field when my slide began to get sticky. I gave it a push to get it out to a lower position but it was stuck solid, so I pushed a little harder. I pushed too hard and my slide went flying out in front of me 7 or 8 feet. I was so startled that by the time I realized what had happened the whole band was past where my slide lay on the ground.

I couldn't break formation to go back and get it. So I did the only thing I could do; I kept the mouthpiece up to my mouth and pretended I was playing the trombone even though the slide part was gone.

We finished the precision drill and patterns we had worked on for several weeks and began marching back down the field toward the goal posts where we had started. It just happened that I was right in line to pick up my slide, so as we went by the slide and I bent down, never breaking stride (I was a lot more limber in those days!), and picked up my slide.

I had some major cleaning to do to get the dirt off it, but otherwise it was unharmed. No one ever mentioned that they noticed I wasn't actually playing my trombone.

As the group played at the inauguration, I wondered if it was recorded as I didn't see how they could play their instruments in that cold. I understand their dilemma perfectly!

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