Secretary of State John Kerry's decision to bring out James Taylor to sing "You've Got a Friend" in Paris yesterday has been met with near universal derision including by our own Emily Zanotti.
I finally had a chance to watch the video. It was far from Taylor's best rendition of the song and he knew it. By the end of it, he couldn't wait to get the hell out of there. But Kerry pulled him back to acknowledge the applause/humiliation.
I feel sorry for James Taylor. I like his music and once saw him in concert. But neither he nor this song was right for this occasion.
If Kerry wanted music for the occasion then bring along someone to sing "La Marseillaise" or an Edith Piaf song.