Dear Leader *UPDATED*

The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus are heading to D.C. to sing at the inauguration.  I had the opportunity to hear them perform yesterday at San Francisco City Hall, and their singing is just beautiful.  They look lovely too, in their crisp uniforms — although it is funny the way in which the girls, who are older than the boys, tower over them.

I found their choice of songs a little dreary.  America the Beautiful is, of course, always lovely to hear, but I would have preferred some tempo changes.  Instead, song after song had the same slow, hymn-like quality.  It would have been nice to have something a little rousing, such as a George M. Cohan song.  That’s just a stylistic preference, though, and not worthy of much consideration.

What is worthy of thought, though, is one of the songs that the children sang — a special composition that puts to music the words of Obama’s acceptance speech.  (See this news video, beginning at about 1:16., which explains a little about the song.)  Aside from finding the song musically irritating, since it was pompous without being attractive, I was also completely unnerved by the level of worship brought to Obama’s essentially banal verbal stylings.

As the children lent their beautiful voices to this boring song, and the San Francisco audience listened in rapt, reverent silence, I wanted to holler out, “People, this cult of personality is wrong.  Obama has done nothing yet.  His mere existence is not worthy of this level of worship.”

All I could think of, as I was staring at the crowd around me, was the cult of personality accorded Kim Jong-Il.  There, too, children mindlessly parrot their great leader’s words, as the audience, kept in control by guns, torture and starvation, also accords the performers rapt and reverent attention.

Creepy, creepy, creepy.

UPDATE:  See this article for more about that song.

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  • Ymarsakar

    You should checkout the Jonestown massacre. It would be a more apt application to America.

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  • suek

    Heh. Definitely off-topic…well, it _does_ have to do with the inauguration…but not to be missed…!

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  • Danny Lemieux

    I hope the tune and lyrics didn’t sound anything like this: That kind of exhortative music always creeps me outj (OK, my bad!).

  • 1Lulu

    How about lyrics based on these splendid quotes:

    “uh uh uh uh uh”

    “I’ve been to all 58 states.”

    “I would talk directly to Ahmadinijad.”

    “He’s like an uncle to me.”

    “now the oceans will rise and the planets heal..”
    (sorry I’m going by memory here)

  • Charles Martel

    Don’t forget what The One said in Cicero, Ill.:

    “When the moon is in the seventh house

    And Jupiter aligns with Mars

    Then peace will guide the planets

    And love will steer the stars!”

  • Danny Lemieux

    Suek…a “prostitution free zone for the inaugural”? What? Members of Congress won’t be invited?

  • Ymarsakar

    It is to prevent more Eliot Spitzers from being indicted and embarrassing the Demoncrats. Nothing can be allowed to tarnish the inauguration of the Savior.

  • suek

    >>Suek…a “prostitution free zone for the inaugural”? What? Members of Congress won’t be invited?>>

    Heh. Ya know…the sad thing for me is that I spent one year in DC as a freshman in College. They still had the trollies then, and it was no big deal for us girls – either alone or as a group – to hop on the trolley out in front of the school and go to downtown Washington to go window shopping or go to a restaurant. We had a list of some 20 historical locations(each year) we were required to visit during the school year, and had to write reports on some of them. Of all the places I visited, the only one that really stands out in my memory is Salvador Dali’s “Last Supper” at the Mellon Art Museum. And I remember the Smithsonian – but I remember it as having too much to remember. You could spend a week in there and still not see the whole thing. I waited on tables in the dining room – we had sit down dinners – and had every other Friday off, so I used to go downtown and have a grilled cheese sandwich (meatless Fridays in those days) and a coffee milkshake at a chain restaurant. Howard Johnsons, maybe?? There weren’t many restaurant chains then. Pizza was not the big deal then that it is now. I was trying to remember the location…F Street and 5th? I can’t remember. There was a neat little German restaurant on J street.

    Somehow I suspect it ain’t what it used to be. I doubt that the young women are out and about the downtown area without escorts anymore. In fact, they probably don’t even want to be.