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I am writing concerning the article in your December 18-24 edition of the C-VILLE Weekly covered by Jayson Whitehead [“Supporting the troops,” Government News]. I am wondering if he saw the USO Show. I am referring to his lack of knowledge of musical instruments. To quote Mr. Whitehead, “‘1-2-3-4,’ an older lady on keyboards counts off as the big band—three clarinets, two tubas, a trumpet and drums—lurch into Glen Miller’s ‘In the Mood.’” For his information, the 2:30pm show consisted of alto saxophone, tenor saxophone (the other shows had another tenor), baritone saxophone (he doubled on alto), clarinet, two trumpets, two trombones, guitar, piano (keyboard for him), stand-up bass and drums. A major difference, since we had only one clarinet, NO tubas, two trumpets and several other instruments that he failed to mention. Also, except for a couple of the players, we all are “mature.”

Thanks for covering the event, but a little more accuracy would have been appreciated. It was for a good cause.

Tom Bibb
Charlottesville

Mission statement

In the recent article, “Capo-what-a?” (featured in the Curtain Calls section of the Dec. 25-31 issue), the ourspace collective was unable to get its true intentions across and would like to express it at this time.

The mission is as follows: “ourspace is a family-friendly, smoke-free environment for people to gather and grow with consistent attention to quality and creativity. Also, we will provide a space free of charge for groups to use for their educational and enriching programs.”—ourspace collective.

Cara Legal
Diplomatic mediator for the ourspace collective

Like the Rolling Stones

I am writing in regards to your article, “C’ville hip-hop R.I.P.?” [December 18, 2007].
As the owners of Image GraphiX at Fashion Square Mall (a ‘Bling’/Dogtag business), my husband and I would like to say we are proud to sponsor local hip-hop-related events and encourage the bands, groups and music of hip-hop culture in Charlottesville.

Just because “one bad apple (trys to) spoil the whole bunch, (girl!),“ we don’t think we should give up on allowing the music to be played and enjoyed in local venues.

Have we (society members over, say, 35) already forgotten our own past music culture? We were ‘rock ‘n’ rollers’ with the same loud volume, bad attitudes, and parking lot fights.

If we exclude EVERY band who ever had pre-show, mid-show, or after-show violence from appearing in Charlottesville, we never could have welcomed the Rolling Stones with such enthusiasm. (Remember the Hell’s Angels incident at Altamont Speedway, December 6, 1969?)

Hip-hop is a cultural reflection, and after all, it’s just MUSIC! Let the kids play on!

Rebekah and Allon Sha’aya
Image GraphiX
Charlottesville

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