[Dixielandjazz] Music for all populations?

Charlie Hooks charliehooks at earthlink.net
Fri Apr 25 21:14:21 PDT 2003

on 4/25/03 2:25 PM, Meg Graf at meggraf at hotmail.com wrote:

> 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?

    There are crazies everywhere, especially in charge of some school social
activities, and hopefully, this idiot is merely one of the sillier ones.  I
recently did a gay wedding--a gay guy marrying a lesbian woman all for
convenience?)--and flying into Chicago from New York with a hundred or so
friends.  The reception was in the main ballroom/resturant of the Prudential
Building overlooking the city and the lake, a very posh address.

    Result?  Everyone had a ball (in every sense of the word, I think),
including a delighted band trying not to crack up at the assorted unusually
graceful gentlemen dancing with each other and the large number of very
happy lantern-jawed women dancing with fems.  No one seemed to have the
slightest thought that couple-centered music was anything but divine!  Just
what they had in mind, in fact.  Just a different mixture of couples.

    My bet is that the politically concerned woman who spoke to you knows
absolutely nothing about gays and lesbians--nor, I also suspect, about much
of anything else.  I may indeed be wrong, and she is the wave of the future,
but I sure hope not!


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