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I am a 56-year-old who can still play my 48- or 49-year-old all original trumpet. There is nothing like playing those melodies you wrote of. About ten years ago, after dragging piano around the country for years I discovered a great secret that my teachers had failed to teach me — play the black keys so you can read the music — and now I can play the ballads and tunes of the ages, with my best the Nat King Cole stuff.p>It is a liberating and lifting experience to make music — thanks for your piece. br> — John Dunn /p>
Lawrence Henry replies: What a wonderful letter! It appears, by the way, that some famous composers, including Billy Strayhorn (whose favorite key was Db), and Irving Berlin (who could only play in F#), could only play the black keys. Something to think about.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?