Tomorrow’s Austin360 section in the American-Statesman includes a preview of One World Theatre’s Monday-Tuesday shows with Herb Alpert & Lani Hall, the husband-wife team who left a major mark on 1960s instrumental music with the Tijuana Brass and Brasil 66, respectively.
The full feature is now online at mystatesman.com, but here’s an outtake from our interview with Alpert in which he discussed receiving the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2013. Though Alpert says he generally doesn’t put much stock in awards, he had fond memories of the occasion:
“It was a pretty amazing day at the White House, and it was a different type of experience for me. President Obama said he had one of my songs, ‘Rise,’ on his iPhone. (Laughs) I got the award, and then the protocol is you go into the next room after everyone receives their award, and you take a picture. I’d take a picture with the president, then I’d take a picture with the president and Michelle, and then my wife came in, and the four of us were taking a picture.
“And my wife, who’s a very innocent lady, looked at the president after we snapped about three pictures, and she said, ‘Do you think we could have a copy of these pictures?’ And he broke down laughing like a kid. He said, ‘Why do you think I’m taking these pictures?’ It was so beautiful, an innocent moment.”