HBO had the whole entertainment ceremony and will run it again tonight. It was SO GOOD! I cried and really enjoyed it. So if you have HBO, watch it. I missed the beginning of it and am recording one of the later ones. I started watching when Samuel L. Jackson was speaking.
Now I'm writing about it while watching the rebroadcast. All kinds of entertainers are on: Denzel Washington, Forrest Whitaker, Tiger Woods, James Taylor("Shower the People You Love"), Marisa Tomei, Laura Linney, Martin Luther King III, Mary J. Blige ("Lean on Me"), John Mellencamp ("Ain't That America"), Bruce Springsteen ("The Rising"), Tom Hanks, Kal Pen, George Lopez, Herbie Hancock with Sheryl Crow and Will.I.Am ("One Love, One Life"), Renée Fleming with the US Naval Glee Club ("You'll Never Walk Alone"), Jack Black, Rosario Dawson, Garth Brooks ("American Pie" and "Shout" and "We Shall Be Free"), Ashley Judd, Usher & Stevie Wonder & Shakira ("Higher Ground"), and several choirs.
Jamie Fox did a brief impersonation of Obama when he quoted his acceptance speech in Chicago, which got a laugh from the Obamas and the Bidens. Queen Latifah introduced a tape of Marian Anderson's singing "America" and told how Eleanor Roosevelt insisted that she be allowed to sing at the inauguration against the protests from the Daughters of the American Revolution. Then Josh Grobin and Heather Headley sang it accompanied by a men's choir.
The duet by Jon Bon Jovi and Bettye LaVette of "A Change is Gonna Come" was moving! It will be on YouTube soon, I'm sure. Wow! That's a powerful song anyway, and they sang it well. I posted it a while back by Seal - awesome!
U2 sang their song about Dr. King ("Pride: In the Name of Love"), and Bono said on Tuesday that dream comes true. U2 also sang "Oh You Look So Beautiful Tonight" before President-elect Obama's speech. I can't watch one of his speeches without crying. Then Pete Seeger and his grandson Tao led the huge audience in singing "This Land is Your Land" with Bruce Springsteen and a choir. There they were at the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King made his "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington, and it made me think about how Pete Seeger and others who were there then must be feeling because I was definitely feeling it. Beyoncé sang "America the Beautiful" with all the others joining her on stage at the end of the concert.
What an ecumenical gathering! The concert embodies Obama's message and includes a diversity of people. I like feeling this good about people and want it to last for a while. I haven't felt this inspired since President Kennedy. His inaugural speech made us feel that we could make a difference. I was a senior in high school then and he changed my life.