January 21, 2009
Yesterday a couple of friends and I went out to lunch and watched the Inauguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama. I had never actually watched an inauguration before, so it was a pretty cool sight to see; so many people, so much history, so much tradition. I also thought Rick Warren did a great job on the opening prayer. Obama evokes hope in people, but I really like how Warren visibly evoked something greater.
Just prior to the Oath of Office, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Anthony McGill, and Gabriela Montero performed an excellent rendition of John William’s new composition, “Air and Simple Gifts,” which I wanted to share, because I think it’s so beautiful. 🙂 Enjoy.
It’s a new day, with a new president. Exciting times.
[ Edit: I was still waking up when I wrote this: yes, it was Rick Warren, not Tim Keller, who gave the opening prayer. 😛 Thanks, Mark. ]