William Bolcom has long been a national treasure, in part, because he speaks truth to power. His pointed wit and encyclopedic musical knowledge were part of what made me want to be a composer in the first place. Growing up in Ann Arbor, I thought all composers were like him. If only.
This is what musical citizenship sounds like.
"Wear your mask & practice social distancing. Together, we can defeat Covid 19!"
"Literacy in Music & Arts is one of your vital links to global citizenship!"
"Be sure to support the arts in *your* community!"