Freedom to Exhale . . .

Commentary by Dr. Don Newbury.
So far as I know, none of my elementary schoolmates made it to the Metropolitan Opera—unless as a member of the audience, usher staff or clean-up crew. On balance, our highest musical aspirations might have justified our inclusion in church choirs, but without expectation to be chosen for solos. When Christmas pageant time rolled around, we risked minimal embarrassment by shooting for silent roles—perhaps as shepherds. Donning masquerades as camels might best have fit our ability—front or back end—as long as each end knew what the other was doing….


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