Burlington, Iowa's Hawkeye: "The Indelible Seminal Image Was That Of John Mellencamp Rocking Out..."
01.20.2009 - Here are portions of the larger article about the “We Are One” concert. Click HERE to read the full article.
The dawning of the Age of Obama began Sunday in America's capital city when
three dozen major entertainers sang, recited, orated and celebrated on the steps
of the Lincoln Memorial.
The event was called "We Are One," and they were, and it was one hell of a show.
The musical stars spread a wide buffet of genres ranging from rock to rap to
traditional to folk. Bruce, Blige, Beyonce, Bono and Brooks were but a few who
The indelible seminal image was that of John Mellencamp rocking out and
bellowing "Ain't that America" against a rich backdrop of American iconery:
flags, cameras, cell phones, helicopters, FBI, gloves and stocking hats, cops,
firemen, soldiers, snipers (watching from the Memorial parapets), helicopters
(bringing in the luminaries), jets (constantly landing at Reagan International),
souvenir hawkers, streetcorner proselytizers, hot dog vendors, T-shirt booths,
and, of course, porta-potties.
Who was the best of all this amazing talent? The answer is this: Who can
possibly answer that question when so much talent convenes in such a dramatic
Obama received the loudest and most frequent cheers, which is a very encouraging
thing for Americans of all political angles because it means that the new
president is as welcome as our cultural heroes.
Mellencamp doing "Pink Houses" maybe; Herbie Hancock, will.i.am and Sheryl Crow
knocking out Bob Marley's "Feel Alright" perhaps; Stevie Wonder, Usher and
Shakira on "Higher Ground" might win top honors.