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IMPOSSIBLE MONSTERS 



“Fantasy abandoned by reason
produces impossible monsters."
—Francisco Goya

"He who fights with monsters might take care
lest he thereby become a monster."
—Friedrich Nietzsche

"Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist.
Children already know that dragons exist.
Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed."
—G.K. Chesterton

ON THIS DAY IN 1988 

23 years ago today, I played my first flugelhorn-only concert (no trumpet), a recital at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall with the True Colors Big Band. The ensemble: Ken Schaphorst, conductor; Rob Scheps, soprano and alto sax; Kenny Brooks, soprano and tenor sax; Jay Brandford, clarinet and baritone sax; Andy Gravish, trumpet; Scott Cowan, trumpet; Dmitri Matheny, flugelhorn; Curtis Hasselbring, trombone; Josh Roseman, trombone; John Medeski, piano; Wesley Wirth, bass; Jim Harp, drums; Dov Schiller, percussion. Not a bad line-up.

 

THE ZEALOT 

The Zealot can explain neither the intensity of his enthusiasm nor the extreme degree of his uncritical devotion. Is he merely an inspired mortal, or is he possessed of a supernatural afflatus? What is the source of his fanatical belief/behavior?


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