JAN 28, 2013 - At first when I saw the headline, I thought that they caught Karl Rove singing off key at the inauguration while James Taylor was performing, but as it turns out Charlie Rose of PBS got a great interview of James Taylor before he performed for Obama's second inauguration and spoke about his feelings concerning Dubya's Brain, and how he has been a main player in having us "refight the Civil War". Watch a clip of the Charlie Rose video interview below, read the Politico story here and to watch the entire James Taylor interview on Charlie Rose' site click here.
JAN 24, 2013 - Sir Paul McCartney, has thrown his support behind the decriminalisation (or decriminalization as we Americans spell it) of marijuana use. He says, "People are smoking pot anyway and to make them into criminals is wrong." He has joined the campaign of the MarijuanaMajority.com campaign; where activists, celebrities, musicians and more are all coming together to try and stop the insane marijuana drug war that has ruined people's lives. If you want to learn more and join their campaign, check out their website here. JTMP urges you to contact your elected officials both state and federal and tell them to stop the war on drugs, which is an unjust war on the poor. (photo credit: CC/Jim Summaria)
JAN 24, 2012 - Taylor Swift met with cancer patient Kayla, after her parents and friends started an Internet drive to get the activist musician to meet with her. They started a Twitter drive called #OperationGetKaylaToMeetTaylorSwift, and then set up a web page called TeamKaylaKinCannon.org, to tell her story and push for a meeting with the young artist. Taylor caught wind of it, and Kayla's dream came true when Ms. Swift visited her, and they said it was no quick meet-and-greet, she stayed for hours, ate lunch, gave presents, and even signed pictures. The family was moved and happily surprised and impressed with her great quality as a person. Kayla's dad said, "She is the sweetest, most down to earth person I have ever met!" Read more on Today.com here, and check out Kayla's story here. (photo credit: TeamKaylaKinCannon.org)
JAN 23, 2012 - Outspoken rapper activist Lupe Fiasco, started a controversy and debate, after his set "ended early" or he was "silenced and kicked off stage" depending on who you talk to at a recent presidential inauguration event held by Startup RockOn. At first it did seem a free speech issue, but after I looked into it deeper, it seems more that they let him have free speech for 20 to 30 minutes, but the staff saw and heard the negative reaction by the crowd to the jarring and repetitive rap, and asked him to move on to another song. It seems to me at that point Lupe got confrontational, and decided to keep on with the rant. The organizers then cut his mike and dimmed the lights, and he refused to leave the stage; forcing the organizers to physically escort him off stage. Even the organizers, Startup RockOn said in a statement, "We are staunch supporters of free speech, and free political speech. This was not about his opinions. Instead, after a bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance that left the crowd vocally dissatisfied, organizers decided to move on to the next act.” Many though are screaming his free speech rights were totally violated. Watch a video by NowThisNews.com of a few clips of his performance below and see for yourself.
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JAN 23, 2013 - In an interview for Guns.com, has-been musician Ted Nugent spouted off about President Barack Obama's recent executive orders and measures proposed for gun safety, saying Obama is "attempting to re-implement the tyranny of King George that we escaped from in 1776, and if you want another Concord Bridge, I've got a few buddies." He also added, "He is an evil, dangerous man who hates America and hates freedom. And we need to fix this as soon as possible." It seems to me he is implying and supporting armed rebellion if the federal government enacts gun safety measures. Someone needs to school Ted Nugent and these Teabaggers on the Whiskey Rebellion, where George Washington led troops in the field to establish the power of the federal government; I guess Ted Nugent wants to have that battle all over again. Watch the video interview by Guns.com below.
JAN 22, 2013 - The Internet is abuzz with various reactions to the world finding out Beyonce lip-synced her performance at the Presidential 2013 Inauguration. This is not the first time a "safety backup" was used, last inauguration Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman used a recording due to weather (it was way too cold). However this is the first time a performer has used a recording for the National Anthem, so some are upset. Supposedly it was because she didn't have enough rehearsal time, and she thought she would mess up.
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UPDATE: JAN 23, 2013 11:30 AM: The reaction to Beyonce lip-syncing the national anthem has been widespread and varies, from defending her to some people thinking she besmirched the anthem or something. Morning Joe opened up with the topic, and hundreds of websites are posting and talking about it. One thing people are concerned about is at first we heard the decision was made well in advance to use the studio recording "safety track", but then a different Marine Band rep said later the decision was made by Ms. "Beyonce" Knowles-Carter at the last minute to use it. Why? One can only surmise that she was afraid of not being able to perform it correctly, and supposedly because there was "not enough rehearsal time".
But some people are pointing out that James Taylor and Kelly Clarkson found the time to rehearse, and they both performed live, and very well. (check out our JTMP YT videos below) The weather was not extreme, nor did she have a cold. In my opinion she should have told us it was a recording. To come out with an ear plug like that seemed to me an act of deception. What's your reaction? Comment over on JTMP's Facebook Page by going to: http://www.facebook.com/justicethroughmusic
JAN 21, 2013 - Kelly Clarkson sang the full version of "My Country 'tis of Thee" at President Barack Obama's second inauguration, check out the video below.
JAN 21, 2013 - James Taylor did an awesome version of "America the Beautiful" today at President Barack Obama's second inauguration, showing he still can do some of the best harmonies. Watch below.
JAN 21, 2013 - Yesterday, the day before the Presidential Inauguration, Sasha and Malia Obama rocked out with kids from military families, Katy Perry and Usher. The first lady Michelle Obama has been working hard to make sure the military families get the thanks and help they need and deserve. The concert was beamed to military bases around the country so military kids across the America could take part. Read more on Huff Po here.
JAN 21, 2013 - The President and the first lady, Michelle Obama, held a concert for military kids at the Washington Convention Center yesterday. Katy Perry, Usher and more were there to rock for the kids of military families, who go through so much with their father or mother stationed overseas for long periods of time. See some pics and read more about the concert on HuffPo here. Check out a video clip from vnewsvevo on Youtube below. (photo credit:HuffPo)