The truth is out. The inaugural classical piece by Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman, pianist Gabriella Montero and clarinetist Anthony McGill was made to look live but was not. The music that America heard was a tape of a performance of “Air and Simple Gifts” by John Williams done days earlier. This version of a classical lip sync puts Ma and Perlman in the same category as Milli Vanilli and Ashlee Simpson.
The word is that the musicians decided that the cold weather would make it difficult to keep their instruments in tone.
Perlman insists “it would have been a disaster if we had done it any other way. This occasion’s got to be perfect. You can’t have any slip-ups.” Finally, Milli Vanilli is vindicated.
Of course, the the Marine Band, the youth choruses and the Navy Band Sea Chanters performed live. Aretha Franklin sang live but the music and voices were . . . you guessed it, taped.
It was interesting to watch Ma nodding at various people during the performance. It now turns out that he could have taken out his cellphone and taken some pictures without an interruption in the music.
Well at least we know it was really Obama and Roberts authentically messing up the oath.
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