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Monday, March 14, 2016

In New York you can be a new man

Hamilton proudly stands today in my favorite outdoor reading-writing spot!
(near Butler Library, Columbia University)
This is too good not to share: Hamilton at the White House! You've got to check out these video performances:
Alexander Hamilton
My Shot

When I watch these, or listen to the soundtrack on Spotify, I'm filled again with the belief that music matters because it instills us with collective feeling and belief--to take pride in the democracy we have and its true values, to remember that we are a country rooted in immigrants, spirits in opposition to the wave of exceptionalism or superiority or divisions of otherness,

to stand up for others, especially the weak, especially the vulnerable, knowing that each of us is only here because somebody, somewhere, stood up for us.
~2016 State of the Union Address

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