Thursday, November 16, 2006

Usually if the music is suddenly better in the downtown San Francisco Muni/BART stations, it's better in one style.

One day there is excellent folk singing or excellent bluegrass, and it seems like some event has pulled people in from here and there in these style.

One day last week the music at the Montgomery Station was better, but not like that. In the main part, primary in BART terms, ten men and women in concert black clothes were singing, well, Baroque multi-part music. Eight parts? More?

In secondary, a man was playing great jazz saxophone. In the little short hall to one of the few downtown BART exits that doesn't go right onto Market Street, two guys were superbly intertwining bluegrass notes.

This happened on election day, and causes me to feel that there may be a real change inside the office changes that happened that day.

Musicians like more kinds of music than their hardcore fans do.

Politicians are always tempted to say "Your taste is holy, and the best there is." Sometimes they yield to the temptation, which may get them elected but always flirts with making walking down the street less safe.

Walking from one kind of skilled music to another of wildly different kinds is easy. Leaders have the option of showing how easy it is, moving from one kind of riff to another and showing people different riffs are okay.

In early America, voting wasn't all that secret and politicians liked to give people alcohol as they voted. Negative ads and divisiveness are producing of a kind a drunkness. Skilled dj's in dance clubs can segue from something that people love to dance to something they intelletually thought they couldn't dance to and if it's done right, everyone keeps dancing. Any kind of leader can do that, even politicians. Any person can be that kind of leader now and then.
God may be blessing American,