The excited Kelly Clarkson, just as tickled as she could be just to be there.. you could see it in her face, feel it in her energy and here it in her voice.
Sweet Baby James, as he smoothly took his faithful guitar as only he could and with respect and with his words sung softly to the world.
The beauty of Beyonce, and we all watch, we listened and we were wowed.
And I thought as she took her earpiece out, oh my she is “just that good”…
And she was off the hook, and so very powerful, and then come to find out…
She lip synced the most important performance she was invited to give in front of the world.
What a sadness that is and tremendous lack of courage on top of it. Now hitting the news, confirmed and making rounds to all the news feeds and entertainment industries and confirmed by so many it is hard to disbelieve its truth.
What in the world could she have been thinking?
It was refreshing and wonderful to see Kelly Clarkson’s raw joy of being invited to sing; to almost feel her unbridled energy of being there in that moment, knowing she would sing and be heard by millions. It was her energy that was outstanding, her desire to be the best she could be under that moment that was the shining moment and that she stood, that she sang, that she put all that she had into the moment.
Yes we get that everyone rehearses, probably pre-records for events beyond the control of anyone, as in electrical outages, storms, laryngitis, and things like that…
But to make a quick opt out of being real is beyond what we expect of those granted the distinction of the invitation on such an important day when a choice is made to use such a pre recording rather than take the risk of being your best.
I’m thinking that invitation should have been extended to a true diva, a performer who has stood on stages and in the lights and chosen to use her pipes with courage … they should have asked Patti Labelle to sing as only she can sing.
Real and in Real Time with grace, honor and courage to and for our America.
Yes, I loved the song, I thought Beyonce did it well… and rocked it, and was impressed by her yanking out that ear plug and really going for it. Until I learned she faked it.
We were just over the moon excited for her and her passion, until we learned she took the safe road to success on such a magnificent day.
It wasn’t 8 degrees outside, it wasn’t raining nor a day where her instrument was rusting in the weather.
It was a day she consciously chose to not use it for the world.
And that is what makes it so sad a choice.
Oh Patti Labelle would have been a grand choice, a powerful choice, a colorful choice, and a respected choice… about 5 octaves worth I’m thinking for that U.S. Marine band to play in real time with for all of us to witness.
Let the music play on.
Jennifer Hudson certainly did Al Green proud later on that night as she sang for the President and First Lady to dance, and when the U.S. Military joined them I wept…
Let the music move you today as you listen to your CD’s, your pre-recorded music, I wish and hope you are finding a way to hear and to see live performances of those you enjoy along the way.
Have the best day “ever”…
Stay warm out there as we remember this is the middle of January, when the cold gets colder, the bugs get stronger and the flu is catching everyone by surprise with those achy and breaky symptoms of cover your head and stay under covers and hide in bed.
Be well, stay safe, and stay warm.
Walk in Beauty
- James Taylor, Kelly Clarkson & Beyonce Perform During Inauguration Ceremony (k1047.cbslocal.com)
- Beyoncé Lip-Synched ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at the Inauguration (gawker.com)
- Did Beyonce Lip-Sync the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ at the Inauguration? (abcnews.go.com)