Mood: party time!
Topic: "Free Hidden Telecast"(4)
Not unlike much of America, Frodo was all geared up to watch the free concert at the Lincoln Memorial yesterday afternoon. Bruce Springsteen still has greater appeal for the Hobbit than does Donovan McNabb or Larry Fitzgerald, so it is not hard to imagine his disappointment when the announcers on MSNBC informed him that the rights to the concert had been "sold," and that they would not be allowed to broadcast the performances. Masking his disappointment with a little bit of ingenuity, since no one was willing to say to whom the broadcast rights had been "sold," he started pushing the remote. Eventually, he found that HBO was simulcasting the rights they had purchased to each of the cable or satellite channels, and that Frodo therefore had access to the performances on his Direct TV 101 channel. He did not think, until later, how disappointed so many others would be because they did not have such access.
The concert performances, interspersed with a speech by both the PEBO and the VPEJB, and selected readings by performers who, like Frodo, cannot carry a tune, were spectacular. Only Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart, and the Rolling Stones in Concert have moved the Hobbit in ways that even compare to what was presented yesterday. Garth Brooks created a moment which will live forever when he engaged tens of thousands in "Shout," and even "no Drama Obama" clapped and sang with a song made famous by his fellow Chicagoans, the Blues Brothers. It was Beyonce who closed the world with her all-join-in rendition of "My Country 'Tis of Thee," that made Frodo remember that Martin Luther King, in that very spot, spake the same words in his "I Have a Dream" speech. Once again, the orchestration of history and hope had been brought together in truly professional perspective.
Ah but, dear reader, nothing prepared the Hobbit for the "Boss" bringing 89-year-old Pete Seeger with him on stage. Together they engaged the world with all six verses of "This Land Is Your Land," and even Fiona and Mick, the Wonder Dog, danced and sang with Frodo and Sam. Recall that it was Seeger who introduced "We Shall Overcome," to Dr. King, and taught him the words to the hymn of the civil rights movement itself. Seeger, the workers' friend, tried as a Communist in the days of McCarthy (the evil one), proved, once again, that patriots do come in all shapes and sizes.
Joy was all about until Frodo realized that the "free" concert would not be "free" for lots of people, and he was sorely disappointed. It is something that needs to be shared. Frodo knows that things like this cost lots of money, even when performers do so gratis. It just doesn't seem right that it is always those with the least of means who miss the show. HBO, he is sure, will broadcast the performances for many days, and, eventually, "sell" their rights to a broadcast network. Admittedly, it will not be the same as the spoantaneity of the moment. Warm up your popcorn poppers though dear reader, for Frodo will alert you when it does appear on the black-and-white, and remember to prepare for the conversion to digital from analog. Failing that, even Frodo will have no clue.