By Rosalie Tirella
Beyonce faked it.
Pulling out her ear piece during her performance at President Obama’s inauguration made her more drama queen than artist-caught-up-in-the-moment. Her recording of our national anthem was beautiful, but it was just that, a recording.
Little Kelly Clarkson’s performance of “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” was REAL – totally in the moment. Despite the facts: It was cold out. Her audience: 700,000 people! (and all the folks at home watching on TV, computer or smart phone). She was singing for the President of the United States!
In the face of all that pressure, Kelly was perfect! She sang beautifully, with feeling and depth – but not over the top. Dressed in a basic plum coat and purple scarf, she looked like a cute kid from the Spencer DQ! She seemed humbled to be part of an American moment, American history. And when she got a big thank you from President Obama (tall and handsome) and a little kiss on the cheek from him, she got all flustered! Just like a star-struck kid/lady would!
Very real, very beautiful!
– R. Tirella
AND: Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir Sings at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration