Here’s something to wash away the taste of last night’s DerpFest extraordinaire.
Kevin Sylvester says that when most people see a 6-foot-2-inch, 260-pound black man, they don’t expect him to also be a classically trained violinist. A recent exchange with a woman in an elevator, when he happened to have his instrument with him in its case, drove that point home.
“She’s like, ‘What do you play?’ ” he recalls. “I’m like, ‘I’m a violinist.’ And she was like, ‘Well, obviously you don’t play classical, so what kind of style do you play?’ ”
Sylvester says he explained that while he does have a degree in classical music, he plays all kinds of styles. “She didn’t mean it maliciously,” he says, “but I hope she gets to see us in concert and we can change her perception.”
A not altogether non sequitur. As I watched this video, I was reminded why I’m a member of the Democratic party. It’s got a lot of problems, lot of positions espoused by leaders at every level of government at which I wince. But the party that nominated and elected Barack Hussein Obama is one that can envision an America that looks like the country Sylvester and his co-conspirator in gut and horsehair, Wilner Baptiste, want to help create. I’ll leave the “and the other party….” half of the duology unmentioned…its would-be leaders said all that was necessary last night.
Plus, and for your early evening pleasure — these guys can play.