Donald Trump, who at one point was slated to have Andrea Bocelli perform at his inauguration, is apparently now down to having Zamfir on the pan flute…and perhaps Newt Gingrich playing spoons. The back-up plan is for some very jazzy Muzak to be piped in.
Virtually all of the major acts that the Donald has courted, whether or not they themselves were particularly keen on the idea of playing for Trump, have had to withdraw their consideration due to threats of boycotts, social media shaming, and the like.
Trump has always been a big fan of Bocelli, and the respect has been mutual, but that didn’t prevent Bocelli from being threatened with boycotts- or worse- if he went through with his plan to play for Trump.
How do supposedly tolerant people get away with threatening a gifted blind man just because he entertains the idea of performing for someone who holds views of which they don’t approve?
The only solo singer (as of this writing) slated to perform at the Donald’s inauguration is former “America’s Got Talent” runner-up Jackie Evancho, a 16-year-old girl whose latest c.d. release has been climbing the charts since the announcement. (Evancho has also performed twice at Obama events, once when she was ten at the White House Christmas tree lighting in 2010, and again at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2012).
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will also perform, as it has at the past five inaugural ceremonies. The iconic choir will be without one member, however, as Jan Chamberlin quit the group and put up a Facebook post stating: “I only know I could never ‘throw roses to Hitler.’ And I certainly could never sing for him.”
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The Rockettes, too, will shake a leg at the soiree, though organization officials said that only those who were willing to perform would be asked to do so. One official added, “We’re celebrating a new president, not necessarily this president.”
A number of historically black schools, such as Howard University, which performed at President Obama’s first inaugural, declined to participate, though Talladega College’s band will march in Trump’s parade. This did not sit well with many former members- including Shirley Ferrill, Talledega Class of ’74- who remarked, “We were a bit horrified to hear of the invitation.”
The Marist College band from upstate New York will participate, though it, too, will be short-handed. According to school spokesman Greg Cannon, six to eight of the band’s members have refused to perform. But they won’t have to face the music, either: Cannon said the students won’t experience any repercussions and will reclaim their places in the band when it returns from the capital city.
It would be nice if we could all band together in support of the new President, but the left will never let that happen. Consequently, Trump’s inauguration organizers are just going to have to play it by ear.
After eight long years of Obama, it’s time we marched to the beat of a different drummer.
And in truth, the only performance that will truly matter is Trump’s.
“Make America Great Again?” Music to my ears.