[Dixielandjazz] Music for all populations?

Russ Guarino russg at redshift.com
Fri Apr 25 13:31:57 PDT 2003

I, too, am very much opposed to heterosexual partner-style dancing.  I mean,
what are we teaching our children today?

Just joking.  I think Meg's experience is tragic.  There are certainly a lot of
strange people out there.

Russ Guarino

Meg Graf wrote:

> Hello, listmates:
> I was recently approached about a possible gig for a graduation celebration.
>   I submitted a demo
> recording, information about the band,  the usual details, and was told that
> "the committee" would
> get back to me within a few days.
> In subsequent conversations with the organizers, I was asked if the music we
> play "encouraged
> partner-style dancing."  I responded that the music we play is suitable for
> listening and for dancing,
> whether the person dances alone, with another person, in a circle, square,
> line, or whatever.
> We did not get the gig, as the committee chair expressed concern that
> lesbian, homosexual,
> and transgendered individuals might not feel "comfortable" with music that
> in her opinion
> "encouraged heterosexual partner-style dancing."
> I am not sorry we did not get the gig, but I am distressed at attempts to
> segregate, specialize,
> and compartmentalize music.
> My question for listmates:  Have you been faced with a similar situation?
> If so, how did you handle it?
> Keep jazzin'!  Best regards,
> Meg [who just wants to play tunes] and Big George
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