It’s the night before the Inauguration and I didn’t sleep for a minute. I literally stayed up all night filled with emotions. I was nervous, excited, scared, and so many other things.
At 3 a.m., I decided to get up and start getting dressed for one of the best days of my life. By 4 a.m., I was in the bus, quiet as a mouse.
The ride to D.C. was probably the smoothest it has ever been. There weren’t too many on the streets but that changed drastically as soon as we hit Massachusetts Avenue. The street was flooded with people holding the American flag inching their way closer to the Capitol Building.
When the choir was finally dropped off, we had to rush over to the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
We then were held in a room for about an hour. During this time Dr. Green conducted warm ups, we took bathroom breaks, and we even got a complimentary breakfast.
Then, it was time.
Upon our arrival, the Brooklyn Tabernacle and P.S. greeted us with warm smiles.
As I sat down, I could not believe the millions of people that were standing in the National Mall. The strip literally went on for miles.
Within ten minutes, a sudden uproar went on throughout the risers.
Somebody yelled, “It’s John Legend!” With a black coat and a dark pair of shades, Legend walked up to his seat on the right side bleachers with his fiancée. Immediately after, Katy Perry arrived along with John Mayer.
Now it was time for P.S. 22 to present their set. The director looked really happy as they opened with Phillip Phillips’, “Home.” After a few songs they were done.
The announcer called for Lee University, and as we rose, my whole body began to shake, then freeze.
Shake, then freeze.
A Brooklyn tabernacle choir member whispered,
Y’all better sing!
We first sang “This Land,” and we could hear the people behind us were amazed with our vocal ability. Our whole set was 16 minutes long, but it literally felt like 16 seconds.
Nothing went through my mind while we were singing. It was almost like I was like I was in a trance. After the countless hours of rehearsals and the extra rehearsals, it was all done.
I sat down, and I was just filled with emotions.
I immediately thought,
I just sang in front of millions of people. This will never happen again.
And as I sat behind President Obama, I could not help but smile (and shed a tear.) I was just a part of history. This is a story I can tell my grandchildren about every time I see them.
What I have just done was monumental.
While listening to Obama’s speech, a quote stuck with me: ” We will support democracy from Asia to Africa; from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom.”
This struck me because he proved that this was not only about America, but it also was about the rest of the world.
I would like to give a special thank you to everyone that followed me along this journey. I hope you enjoyed it. God bless you and God bless America.