Friday, January 23, 2009

I Believe the Children Are Our Future, Teach Them Well and Let Them Lead the Way, Show Them All the Beauty They Possess Inside...

The night before the Inauguration, we flew to DC to play a Kids Inaugural concert presented by Michelle Obama. She was in the front row with her kids, enjoying Miley, The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovado, Corbin Bleu (my favorite chicken dish) and Lil' Bow Wow, who I was notified is no longer lil'. He still looks lil', however, so it is quite confusing.

We began with soundcheck, as always. Here's a slice of how slow and uneventful those things are:

Despite the Big Nothing happening in that video, you can still hear how sweet Billy Ray is, as he makes small talk with a crew member.

Then Clay (our playback guy and my dear friend) and I decided to hit the streets and see the hoopla!

Mainly, the hoopla consisted of icy cold air, tons of people (half of whom were selling Barack-related merchandise to the other half), and many many cops.

Obama Obobbleheads

Obama Water
(Because you'll never go broke underestimating the American public)

The Street-level Mosh Pit

We pushed and shoved our way back to the arena for our show:

And then we made history all over the place. Miley even brought a tear to us hardened band members when she sang "The Climb."

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  1. Aww, really? Which hardened band members teared up? That's a powerful song - do you know who wrote it?

  2. The Climb- amazing!

  3. What a great song and performance! I think Miley even has some semblance of a Dolly Parton sound. You guys were great in the entire set!

  4. Mike, thank you so much for this behind the scenes look. I loved Miley's performance and when she sang The Climb I got cold chills. It was so awesome! This was an amazing experience for all of you. I always try to see you on stage, but that dang camera doesn't pan your way enough. Being a long-time Billy Ray Cyrus fan, I loved seeing him perform also.

  5. Mike I loved reading your behind the scenes comments about Miley, BR and you being there for this special performance for the inauguration. Miley did gret with the song "The Climb"

  6. Holly: well, we all admitted to getting a little verklempt. Not sure who wrote the song, but surely a Google search would turn up some results.

    Thanks all y'all! It was a beautiful experience, and I was so happy to be a part of it.

  7. I'm surprised it doesn't say at the top of your music who wrote it.
    But after some digging, apparently Miley wrote "The Climb".