Saturday, April 07, 2007

It looks like all the posts (except for Art Tatum) are intact again. Thanks, Max for looking into this. Since I referenced the book with which I'm struggling (but plodding onward), here's a little excerpt (removed somewhat from it's context, but it still works) that might make you smile:
"...I respect and admire the late Charles Schultz. In case you are visiting from another planet (or are very young, which some consider the same), Charles Schultz is the "father" of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and Lucy, and the rest of the "Peanuts" gang. He is also a role model for a Christian in the arts. Who would argue that Charles Schultz, in his life and work, did not have a positive impact on our culture, and on the lives of many people. If nothing else (and there is plenty), he alone (as the decision was fully his – "if we don’t do it, who else can?" – against the advise of others) is responsible for millions hearing the Gospel account of the birth of Christ, ending with: "and that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown". As an aside; I had finished a concert where, on stage, I had spoken briefly of my feelings regarding Charles Schultz, and was "mingling with the audience". A woman (I’ll call her Mary) then told me of when she was newly married, and attended church for (perhaps) the first time in her life with her new husband. Being that it was Christmastime, the minister read the familiar gospel account of the birth of Christ. During the reading Mary became excited, and leaning toward her husband whispered "Listen honey, He’s quoting Linus!"." :)

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