No Wonder The Inaugural Music Sounded So Good On TV

Jan 23rd, 2009 // 4 Comments

Oh noes, the performance of John Williams’ Shaker hymn-biting “Air And Simple Gifts” at the Inaugural on Tuesday was, um, finger-synced because it was just too damn cold out! “Truly, weather just made it impossible,” inaurgural flack Carole Florman told The New York Times. “No one’s trying to fool anybody. This isn’t a matter of Milli Vanilli.” The Times helpfully provided a brief list of other playing-to-tape artists who were caught since what they so haughtily termed “the Milli Vanilli affair” that included Ashlee Simpson, Luciano Pavarotti, and that cute-enough-for-the-Chinese-government girl who lip-synced at the Olympic opener. Who got redlined out of that list at the last minute, I wonder? [NYT]

  1. Audif Jackson Winters III

    Hey, a bunch of columnists got a couple months of material from Bush supposedly serving a “plastic turkey” to troops in Iraq. Wouldn’t shock me if dopes on the other side of the fence did the same thing with this.

  2. Maura Johnston

    @Audif Jackson Winters III: Oh, totally. I mean, this was on page A1 today.

  3. ObtuseIntolerant

    Vaguely disappointing, I guess…but it’s not as if there is any doubt about the talents of Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman. The moment was certainly convincing and stirring, so I suppose everyone did their job!

    If only someone had been so kind to Aretha.

  4. Anonymous

    I can’t remember if Stephen Colbert mentioned this item yet. But if not, I think there’s good money to be placed on seeing it Monday.

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