This is a salute to one of the greatest pianists of our time, Van Cliburn, who died today of bone cancer in shackman’s city – a city I like – of Fort Worth, Texas. Click on the picture above and it will send you to the Wikipedia entry of his life.
I have never known this man who played for every President from Eisenhower to Obama other than as an icon, although I am transported when I hear his music. I love his talent, his artistry. Bigotry could lead me elsewhere if I so chose and this would be one of the great losses of bigotry.
Bigotry? Why? He was gay and many reject gay members of our society for that reason alone. He played The Star Spangled Banner to begin each of his performances and many would reject out of hand anyone seemingly so obviously patriotic. He was a devout Baptist and some would reject anyone who is a believer in God. Some would even reject him because he was a man from the American South, obviously culturally inferior.
These are the losses of bigotry, for his life was a most generous gift!