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Thread #35931   Message #494628
Posted By: MikeofNorthumbria
29-Jun-01 - 07:24 AM
Thread Name: BS: Question for Old West history buffs
Subject: RE: BS: Question for Old West history buffs
Leadville is also famous for a much recycled quotation which is still relevant to most working musicians.

"From Salt Lake City one travels over the great plains of Colorado and up the Rocky Mountains, on the top of which is Leadville, the richest city in the world. It has also got the reputation of being the roughest, and every man carries a revolver. I was told that if I went there they would be sure to shoot me or my traveling manager. I wrote and told them that nothing that they could do to my traveling manager would intimidate me. They are miners—men working in metals, so I lectured to them on the Ethics of Art. I read them passages from the autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini and they seemed much delighted. I was reproved by my hearers for not having brought him with me. I explained that he had been dead for some little time which elicited the enquiry "Who shot him?" They afterwards took me to a dancing saloon where I saw the only rational method of art criticism I have ever come across. Over the piano was printed a notice:

PLEASE DO NOT SHOOT THE PIANIST. HE IS DOING HIS BEST.

The mortality among pianists in that place is marvelous. "

Oscar Wilde: Impressions of America (1883)

Wassail!