Thursday, January 22, 2009

Watching history unfold...

I know I'm a bit behind with my Inauguration post, but this week has been crazy busy. Needless to say, it was amazing to watch history. Not only were the ceremonies beautiful, but it was so touching to see the hope in people's faces. I haven't seen Americans come together in such camaraderie since 9-11.

I haven't watched an inauguration since Bill Clinton in 1993. I don't remember much about it, although I do recall him playing his saxophone at some point...maybe at a ball. Music has always held a special place in my life, so I often correlate music with memories. That said, I cannot even begin to express what I felt when they announced that Itzhack Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma were going to play at Obama's inauguration. I so greatly admire these two men and their musical talent. They are hands-down my two favorite classical musicians. The fact that John Williams composed the piece further contributed to my joy. I always adored playing his compositions when I was a musician. In my opinion, he is THE greatest American composer of all time.

These are some of my favorite moments from the festivities:

I thought Aretha's hat was absolutely fabulous. I noticed quite a few classic, chic, and sophisticated hats throughout the audience. I especially loved the hats on all of the dapper men. I love hats because they remind me of a time when people just seemed to care more about their appearance and looking respectable.

I think Michelle Obama made an excellent choice with this Jason Wu gown. The color and fabric were feminine and elegant while the design was fresh. Perfect for a fashionable First Lady.

I just love this picture because I think it captures the love shared between the Obamas. They are truly an inspirational couple. I also love that Michelle selected sassy green pumps instead of the traditional Washington black pump. I can't wait to see if the ladies of Capital Hill start to follow her trends.

The great Yo-Yo Ma. I will forever associate this performance with the inauguration of 2009.

What were your favorite inauguration memories?

1 confessions:

Piper Jacquelyn said...

I love love loved the entire thing, but honestly Itzhach & Yo Yo Ma's music was SO moving and lovely. It totally brought me to tears.