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Organ Grinder vs. Monkey Tamer
By Ingmar Krause

After Todd Robbin's posting and Robbie's comment on how the monkey
not only steals the organ's show but, in fact, stands as the actual
source of income, I can not help but write something again.

All of this is sure true enough.  Whenever I street-performed here
in North America, the main focus and request I heard was, "Now, where
is your monkey?  Isn't there supposed to be a monkey dancing to your
music?"

Then one day I brought my cat along, just for the heck of it!  Little
did I know how soon people would all of a sudden come off from their
requests and over to threats:  "I'll inform the 'animal protection'
about the abuse you putting that poor little creature through!"

Now -- if I do it with a monkey it's alright?  I just don't get it.

Anyways, I don't see it any further in my heart to compromise my goal
of levitating the respect for the mechanical music as a wonderful
source for concert quality music.  That is what I would like to make
*earned* money with ... rather than living of the pity (or joy!) that
people have towards an animal that -- in my eyes -- was just supposed
to be the sideshow.

It is sad...  Very sad.

greetings by(e) InK - Ingmar Krause
Victoria, B.C., Canada


(Message sent Mon 15 Dec 2003, 09:57:44 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

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