Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Video from an Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word

If anyone reading this hasn't already subscribed the White House channel on YouTube, you're really missing out.

Obviously some of the videos are boring, but some of them are actually really interesting. Just today videos from the “Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word” the Obama's held at the White House back in May were uploaded.

Here is what the White House Blog had to say about the night:
Tonight, the President and the First Lady will host an evening celebrating poetry, music and the spoken word. This event is designed around the theme of dialogue, showing how dialogue is important in every aspect of who we are as Americans and as human beings, and demonstrating how communication is a constant throughout the ages. The hope is also that this evening's gathering helps ensure that all voices are heard, particularly voices that are often not heard. We are fortunate to have a wide variety of upcoming and legendary performers such as Joshua Bennett, James Earl Jones, Eric Lewis, Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, Mayda Del Valle and Esperanza Spalding.
Why it took so long to upload the videos I have no idea, but they are really worth watching.

Here are four of my favs:









These people are simply amazing (especially Esperanza Spalding). The fact the Obama’s are trying to promote the arts is really powerful and is just another reason to love them.

Ryan and I were planning on going to a local poetry jam this month and now I’m even more excited.

1 comment:

  1. wow! what a surprise to get led to your blog from a string of random links! looking forward to reading more and watching ALL the clips from the white house. My daughter Jamaica was one of the poets that night. Her dad and I were out of the ocuntry-but tied to watch the live steam in the wee hours in Ireland. had 3 computers linked, but they went down one by one before she came on-torture! we tried to access from the white house site when we returned to hawaii-but never could make it work. Any chance you could help me find out if her piece (and more from the night?)is still avialable somewhere/somehow. As you may have guessed i am SEVERELY techno-crippled!thanks if you can help!

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