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Salut Salon – Competitive Foursome

An evening pause: This makes a great bookend to yesterday’s evening pause. And yes, they are having as much fun playing as the musicians yesterday.

Hat tip Mike Nelson.

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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.

 

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4 comments

  • sippin_bourbon

    What fun and talent.

    I chuckled all the way through.

  • David Eastman

    I’d seen another piece by these four before, this one is better. I bet that’s got to be fun to see live.

  • janyuary

    A professional upright bass player I know, a major symphony player, film studio musician, and paid “ringer” for community orchestras short of proficient bassists, once tied a rubber tarantula to the end of his bow and dangled it over the shoulder of the lady cellist (and longtime friend) seated in front of him.

    During a concert.

    The stuffy folks at classical music events are almost exclusively restricted to the audience.
    They would be shocked beyond belief if they were ever flies on the wall at a party of all classical musicians!!!!

  • janyuary

    Add: I meant also to note that it’s fun to see that the classical music fans on BTB seem to be a lot like the musicians themselves!! On the other hand, about half of any given classical audience, radio or live, are of the snooty “upper crust” variety. There is a near total lack of corresponding types among the musicians …!

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