A CHANGE IS GONNA COME…. There have been some performances at the opening inaugural celebration tonight that have been nothing short of beautiful, but I’ve always been partial to Sam Cooke.

And how about 89-year-old Pete Seeger doing “This Land Is Your Land,” including the “radical” verses that we don’t usually hear?

If you’ve missed any of the performances, HBO and HBO Online are airing (and will re-broadcast) the whole thing, even for non-subscribers.

Update: Oh, never mind. I should have known that HBO would want to restrict free access to a public event on public property, which had been aired, for free, on national television.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.