Thursday, January 22, 2009

Inauguration Celebration Book

I was deeply moved by the entire inaugural celebration but what echoed in my mind the following day was the tune of the Shaker song Simple Gifts that was used in John Williams’s composition Air and Simple Gifts. It was played by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman, clarinetist Anthony McGill, and pianist Gabriela Montero. I have designed a small booklet with the words of the song to commemorate the day. Print out the pdf and follow the directions for making the hot dog booklet either on my YouTube tutorial or on my website. It's very simple: all you need is the printed page and a pair of scissors. If you don't have scissors, you can tear instead. The writing will be on the outside when you make the first fold.

Watch the performance


John Powers said...

Thank you so much. I'm delighted with my book ;-)

Here is a short blog post by another blogger moved by Simple Gifts. I think you'll like it.

Anonymous said...


Thank you for this, I am anxious to bind it.

Linda Tanaka
Lethbridge Alberta