Skip to comments.'This Isn't Milli Vanilli': Obama Inauguration Music Was Pre-Recorded [memories of ChiCom Olympics]
Posted on 01/23/2009 4:37:49 AM PST by ETL
WASHINGTON -- Whether you loved or hated the classical music played at President Barack Obama's inauguration, what you heard was a recording made two days earlier unless you were sitting within earshot of the celebrated performers.
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman, pianist Gabriella Montero and clarinetist Anthony McGill made the decision a day before Tuesday's inauguration after a sound check to use a previously recorded audio tape for the broadcast of the ceremonies.
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
Official: Child Singer Not Pretty Enough for Olympics Opener: Girl Lip-Syncs Her Song
FoxNews, August 12, 2008
A member of China's Politburo asked for the last-minute change to match one girl's face with another's voice, the ceremony's chief music director, Chen Qigang, said in an interview with Beijing Radio.
"The audience will understand that it's in the national interest," Chen said in a video of the interview posted online Sunday night.
[the "not-pretty-enough" little girl who
actually sang the song is on the left]
I feel so.....cheated.
Reminds me of the Wizard at the Emerald Palace, behind the curtain.
She was Smelly Cat.
I think it’s fitting as we have the Milli Vanilli president who won the American Idol contest back in November.
Oh...I thought this was a thread about Greg Craig the famous ventriliquist
Well, at least it apparently was their own music that was on the recording. It's not quite like the ChiCom situation.
Yeah, I see this as a non-story. It was a pragmatic thing due to the cold weather.
With 1000 other things to drive me nuts on Tuesday, this is not one of them.
As the article continues on to state, it was too cold for the woodwinds and strings to stay in tune. As a veteran playing such events, I can attest to the accuracy of that. It WAS them playing and they DID play, just not miked up.
And please, Yo-Yo Ma is not one to make fun of!
I would also bet that the instruments in use were just cheap off brands purchased from Wal-Mart or Target and not their regular instruments.
Even the music is an illusion, why does this not suprise me?
With Hillary as the wicked witch and Sarah as Dorothy.
“With 1000 other things to drive me nuts on Tuesday, this is not one of them.
Smile. It’s a tiny segment of the news show about NOTHING.
I agree. There were many other things going on during the festivities that were more disturbing than that, if you would even consider that 'disturbing'.
This next one, I think, was much more troubling...
"We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration At The Lincoln Memorial"
From David Horowitz's FrontPageMag.com/DiscoverTheNetwork.org:
Profile: PETE SEEGER
*Musician, folksinger, songwriter, and political activist
*Joined the Communist Party in 1942
*"I'm still a Communist" -- Pete Seeger, 2004
"He also accuses me [Ronald Radosh] of attacking Pete Seeger for 'the consistency of his commitment to peace and social justice,' ignoring that what I argued is that Seegers only consistency was to the current Communist Party line; that in fact, Seeger was antiwar during the period of the Nazi-Soviet Pact; pro-war after the Soviet Union was the ally of the United States; and anti-war during the years of the Cold War and Vietnam. To Nichols -a rather dense left-winger -it is good form to acknowledge that perhaps 'Stalin was a bad guy,' and then simply get over it, and move on to campaign for very American socialist causes." --Ronald Radosh (former communist)
"... on April 22, 1970, [the very first] Earth Day was held, one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy... "
--American Heritage Magazine, October 1993
Earth Day, April 22, 1970:
"The nationwide event included opposition to the Vietnam War on the agenda, but this was thought to detract for the environmental message.
Pete Seeger was a keynote speaker and performer at the event held in Washington DC."
Владимир Ильич Ленин
Chairman of the Council of Peoples Commissars
In office: November 8, 1917 January 21, 1924
Born April 22, 1870
Died January 21, 1924
Political party Bolshevik Party
Profession Politician, revolutionary
Earth Day founded on Lenin's 100th birthday? --yeah, it's a "coincidence". LOL!
Too bad they didn’t prerecord Elizabeth Alexander while they were at it.
Exactly. Condensation freezes inside wind instruments in freezing temps, so the players have to constantly be blowing warm air into their instruments even when not playing to keep them thawed out. Intonation is severely affected by cold weather, requiring instrumentalists to use all kinds of alternate fingerings to play in tune. Fingers get cold and stiff and the loss of flexibility and sensation is problematic (in all instruments, but esp. in strings).
I'm told the brass players use plastic mouthpieces in cold weather because the metal mouthpieces get too cold.
The military bands used specialized carbon threaded instruments made for cold conditions, not instruments that such masters would even consider.
I've been feeling that way since early November.....
Not so. I know this firsthand. US Marine Band brass players play their regular instruments, but with plastic mouthpieces in cold weather. Clarinetists play good quality resin or plastic instruments instead of their wooden ones because the wood might crack.
In no case are they cheap, "Wal-Mart" instruments.
Also, the only music that was pre-recorded was the John Williams piece. The rest of the band music was live.
The President's Own Marine Band is the premiere band in the U.S. It is a full time band. Most of the musicians in the band have advanced music degrees from conservatories such as Eastman, Juilliard, Curtis, Cincinnati, etc. It's a highly competitive and coveted position.
The brass player I know who is currently in the President’s Own (which played on Tues.) used their regular instrument, but with a plastic mouthpiece. Wooden instruments such as clarinets are replaced with a good quality man made material.
Just a bit of the fakery and chicanery that was the Obama campaign and will be with the new administration.
It all does sound a bit like science fiction. I keep thinking I'll wake up some morning and realize that it was all just a bad dream, perhaps an effect of watching too many Twilight Zone marathons.
To Serve Man
Writer: Rod Serling, based on the story by Damon Knight
Director: Richard L. Bare
Apparently benign alien emissaries show mankind how to end the misery of war, plague and famine. The Kanamits, nine-foot tall aliens, arrive on Earth with one lofty goal: To Serve Man. They end war, they end famine. They make the military wonder: what's the catch?
CAST: Richard Kiel, Hardie Albright, Robert Tafur, Lloyd Bochner, Lomax Study, Theodore Marcuse, Susan Cummings, Nelson Olmstead.
Watch it, or any other TZ episode, online for free at:
(see season 3, page 1. there are 3 seasons in all, each seasons page has 2 pages of listings)
Ya think these guys would take out priceless Strads (Pearlman) or Davidovs (Ma) into 20 degree weather?
A non-story flamed by people searching for a legitimate issue (of which there are many out there!)
Yes, it was certainly too much to expect that the government would plan for cold weather for a JANUARY 20th! event.
They should have surrounded the musicians with some sort of windbreak and cover and then fired up the space heaters.
Yo-Yo played a graphite cello that day.
Where the heck have you been? I've posted a TON of information on Obama and his radical associations and politics, a good deal of it many people here didn't know, and some more than a few still don't quite get. You can find a 'small' sample of this on my FR About page.
Was a-refering-a to the other people posting stuff.
I was referring to the Marine Band brass and woodwind instrumentalists - not the string players.
I was refering only to the cello and the violin owned by Yo-Yo Ma and Perlman. If they weren’t actually going to play then I can’t seem them subjecting their concert instruments to that extreme cold conditions...
Got it - true.