With the historic moment that’s about to happen in about an hour, I can find no better comparison using music than Gustav Holtz’s The Planets. Specifically, there are two songs. First, Mars – The Bringer of War. I will listen to that on my iPod around 11:45am. Then at noon, I will listen to Jupiter – The Bringer of Jollity. I think its a fair representation of the next two hours, as mushy as this may sound. But I also think its relevant.
If you’ve never heard The Planets, it definitely worth getting. It’s classical music, but with a lot of breath, and expansive use of different intruments at the turn of the 20th century that weren’t typical in most orchestras. Read more about it on Wikipedia. Listen to these two songs and then decide if they don’t reflect the summation of the Bush presidency and the hopes of the Obama presidency.