Music to Our Ears
Thank you for a job very well done [“Turn up the Volume,” September 2007]. Alfred James and I are both really impressed at what a great job you did capturing the essence and feel of James’ personal connection with the cello and how that translates into all we’ve done with the band. We just booked our first National TV spot on Backstage with Barry Nolan on CN8, so we’ll let you know when you can catch us on the air.
Alfred James Band
Change for the Better
I appreciated reading Mark Dixon’s article regarding integration at Media Friends School [Retrospect, September 2007]. It’s interesting that Quakers in the Philadelphia area typically don’t acknowledge that their experiences may not fully reflect the diverse Quaker world today. Taking into account all of the Quakers throughout the world, at least a third must be non-Caucasian. Probably more than half don’t live in the U.S. and Spanish is the primary language for many. More than half of Quakers attend programmed meetings (led by clergy). It might be possible for a reader to get the impression that the Philadelphia experience Dixon describes is a current description of all of Quakerism. That would be unfortunate. Nonetheless, your story clearly illustrates the courage and faith that was required to drive for such change along the Main Line.
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