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“What I would really like to have been, given a perfect world, is a jazz pianist. I mean jazz. I don’t mean rock and roll. I mean the never-the-same-note twice music that American black people gave the world. I played piano in my own all-white band in my all-white high school in Midland City, Ohio. We called ourselves ‘The Soul Merchants.’¬†How good were we? We had to play white people’s popular music or nobody would have hired us. But every so often we would cut loose with jazz anyway. Nobody else seemed to notice the difference, but we sure did. We fell in love with ourselves We were in ecstasy.”

-K. Vonnegut

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