“Air and Simple Gifts,” performed at the Inauguration of Barack Obama

Date 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. ]

6 Responses to ““Air and Simple Gifts,” performed at the Inauguration of Barack Obama”

  1. trappermark said:

    Hey, Hunter:

    Thanks for posting the tune; nice to hear it again. BTW, I think you meant Rick Warren for the opening prayer. Would've been awesome if it were Keller, but it wasn't.

  2. Sean said:

    What a beautiful piece.. It really gives a musical interpretation to the hope I believe that most of America feels.. Would it be possible to make this download able? Yours is the only copy that has none of the commentary that I have found and I want to save this piece for future listening.. Thanks..

  3. Hunter said:

    Sean: take a look at my comment on this post for more information.

  4. Sean said:

    Hunter.. Many thanks..

  5. Trace said:

    Any word on how we can download this?

  6. Trappermark said:

    Trace, see Hunter's response to Sean just above 😉

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