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January 20th, 2009

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05:34 pm - "Our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness."
Students and faculty crowd around the television at the Berklee College of Music student union to witness President Obama's inauguration:

Itzhak Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, Gabriela Montero, and Anthony McGill perform a John Williams arrangement of "Air and Simple Gifts". I cried as I watched this:

Just to reiterate a comment I posted elsewhere, which I later realized best sums up what this day meant to me:

Today I got to stand in a room full of artists of every imaginable ethnicity and nationality, as we watched poetry and music being used to celebrate the ideals that regard all citizens of the earth with fairness and compassion. This gave me tremendous hope that it's still not too late for us to create a more beautiful world.

Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

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