One experiences wonderful and inspiring speeches, parades, musical performances etc. – all thoroughly memorable. The pomp and the circumstance associated with any Presidential Inauguration cannot be overestimated. It really is a very special experience that speaks to the patriotic and democratic values of the United States Of America.
But, the music – the MUSIC – is what binds us all and remains a focal point in one’s memory.
Although I enjoyed many performers featured at the various Inauguration events , the music which proved to be the most inspirational to me happened at the Prayer Service on Saturday, January 21st. The singers and instrumentalists were absolutely incredible and just so perfect in every which way. It was a powerful and polished ceremony.
However, the hair on my skin stood up when the United States Navy Sea Chanters performed a gorgeous a Capella version of “Let There Be Peace On Earth“. When their voices were initially heard, I was immediately transformed to a Heavenly world. They sounded angelic. . Just incredibly beautiful and heartfelt and expressive. You can hear them at the 36.36 minute mark in the video below.
This performance – for me – was the highlight of the prayer service, one that featured many, many special musical moments.
However, I cannot leave it there. There was another young performer – Marlana VanHoose – who performed a glorious version of “How Great Thou Art“. Her performance can be heard at th 28:48 minute mark. She received a standing ovation and, in particular, Melanie Trump, visibly moved, was quick to jump to her feet.
If you are not familiar with Marlana’s story, you can visit her website here and read about her musical performances and awards. Her journey is a very special and inspirational one.
Congratulations to President Donald Trump and his supporters. We wish him and his new Cabinet success, fortitude and peace in the years ahead. God Bless America.
If you missed it, you can see the entire service in the video below. And, you can link to the official program HERE