Rave on, Americans!

This being the 50th anniversary of The Day the Music Died, thought it appropriate to post this today (it’s still Feb. 3 where I am regardless of what how the system dates this!). I took this during Garth Brook’s performance of  “American Pie” during the “We Are One” concert on The Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial two days before the Inauguration. I loved being in the middle of 500,000 other Americans singing along with this song (love the faces!) – especially because I’m a Texas Panhandle/South Plains gal (aka Lubbock via Amarillo) and love all things Buddy Holly!

Sing along with Cary! We don’t have to hide no more!

cary-cooperExtremely talented and acclaimed Texas singer-songwriter Cary Cooper has written and recored  this jewel, “Johnny Johnson”,  to celebrate the election of Barack Obama as our 44th President. She was kind enough to let me share it with you.

Find out more about Cary. And also check out the The Dreamsicles, the pop-folk-funk duo comprised of Cary and her incredibly talented husband, Tom Prasada-Rao.  Thank you very much, Cary!

Every picture tells a story. Especially these! Share! Share! Share!

This is just one of the many beautiful illustrations by the New York Times’ Maira Kalman that you will find in a hand-drawn, heartfelt chronicle of of her trip to attend the Inauguration. It is appropriately titled “Inauguration. At Last”. Share it with everyone you know!

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Videos and more pictures coming Friday

Let’s lobby Spielberg for an update and the 100th episode!

To mark President Obama’s first week in office and to provide some God-knows-we-need-it levity, here’s a little presidential history lesson provided by Yakko, Wakko and Dot, the Animaniacs. It just needs to pick up where it leaves off and fast forward to Barack Obama. So Steven, we know you were at Obama’s Inauguration, so how about it?

How about up close and personal?

A friend sent along these links from a friend he described only as the wife of a congressman.

I’m glad she was a shutterbug with a great view!

Have you seen this 1,474-megapixel Inauguration photo?

I’ve been sent the direct link to this amazing photo on Google Earth, but if you haven’t seen it, I thought you might like to read the photojournalist’s story (it was his first inauguration to cover) AND see, play with and learn how to order this one-picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words photograph.