In the last week or so, I’ve encountered two “music stories” in The New York Times and Bangkok Post, one of which filled me with hope and the other with dread.
I know you’re busy, so here is a short summary. Dig deeper if you are interested.
The Dread: Women are prohibited from ceremonial drumming in Burundi. What a disgrace for a country to treat music and women with such disrespect in the 21st century.
The Hope: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Two Thai teen sisters know the answer. The support these young women receive, from parents, schools, etc., is exemplary. If only this story could be replicated hundreds or thousands of times across the Land of Smiles.
Short [but powerful] lessons to be learned by reading each article.