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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000037.txt from 2004/12

From: "Forest Aten" <forestaten@-----.net>
Subj: [kl] On/Off topic.
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2004 14:55:38 -0500


>
> This morning my clarinets are all playing perfectly, thus........
>
> I am glad you made this statement, Forest. Whether one supports Bush's
> approach to the problem of Terrorism or not, I'm sure most would agree
> that there
> is not enough intelligent discourse concerning important issues in the U.
> S.
> The Presidential campaign as presented in the pop media was pitiful. Yes,
> we
> all need to participate in our democracy more than ever before; these are
> scary
> times; the world is changing, if there is to be hope we don't simply
> repeat
> catastrophic errors of the past, we must think, listen, and talk to each
> other
> more.
>
> Here's a far from Clarinet suggestion of a book about the collision of
> 1860
> American culture with another culture tuned to completely different
> values.
> "Crazy Horse and Custer" by Stephen Ambrose. I don't see any simple
> answers by
> reading history like this, but I like being reminded that terrible
> conflicts
> of cultures are not new. For those not familiar with American History,
> Crazy
> Horse was an American Indian warrior who was active in the Battle at the
> Little
> Bighorn, in which Colonel Custer and and a few hundred federal soldiers
> were
> killed in Montana in 1876. The two men were the same age and both were
> honored in their cultures as heroes. They understood each other not at
> all.
>
> Wayne T.
>

Wayne,

Fare weather here and reeds ready and willing to perform Rossini's
Cenerentola..."ta-da"....
A great cast for this fun opera....some really wonderful ensemble work
between singers. www.dallasopera.org

I worked a Christmas church job rehearsal last night in Ft. Worth, Tx. I met
a very able clarinet playing grad student from The University of North
Texas. Music was the typical (for here) Rudder/Christmas stuff but it was
nice to hear a very fine young player.

A brief sobering history lesson found here:

http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0316-08.htm

Forest

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