Joe Biden’s Celebrating America Concert May Have Been Empty Uplift—But Damn Does It Beat Nihilism

Joe Biden’s Celebrating America Concert May Have Been Empty Uplift—But Damn Does It Beat Nihilism

Esquire-Entertainment·2021-01-22 05:00

You have heard the song “Feeling Good.” You have heard it a lot. You have heard Michael Buble’s version over mimosas, or Nina Simone’s on your friend’s turntable, or any of the thousands bellowed by first-round The Voice auditioners. It is familiar now, to the point where it almost doesn’t register when it’s playing, even in an interpretation as heartfelt as the one John Legend delivered last night as part of Celebrating America, the prime-time, mid-Covid, virtual, audienceless, small and soaring post-inaugural concert that kicked off the Biden/Harris administration on Wednesday night and made me tear up at a goddamn Katy Perry song.

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