There are things I enjoy about Shakira's career, though subtlety of singing is not among them. She tends to be far too overwrought and pretentiously forced for my taste. But four years ago, when switching channels between the evening's Obama Inaugural coverage, I came upon her covering one of my favorite songs, Van Morrison's "The Bright Side of the Road" at the Neighborhood Ball. And I found it, if not perfect, engagingly charming, as she seemed to just be enjoying the occasion and having pure fun, down to bringing out a harmonica and playing along. Plus, I just love the song.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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