I'm Tony Miceli, and I'm a vibe player in Philadelphia, Pa. I play, teach and I run

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Billy Strayhorn's Four Freedoms

On Monday, January 15, Americans have a national holiday to honor the birthday of the late civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. It seems like a good time to reflect on the credo by which Duke Ellington said his composing partner Billy Strayhorn lived his life:

"Freedom from hate, unconditionally; freedom from self-pity; freedom from the fear of doing something that would help someone else more than it does me; freedom from the kind of pride that makes me feel I am better than my brother."


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