Academic journal article Chicago Review

My Mission Is to Shine a Light on the World

Academic journal article Chicago Review

My Mission Is to Shine a Light on the World

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My mission is to shine a light on the world that brightens the human condition: through my compositions on a wide array of subjects I offer insights into our mortal adventures. My songs, poems, and theater pieces are intended to benefit audiences; to entertain and educate = edutainment.

Born with a special gift for composing verse and music, I have appreciated it by creating hundreds of songs. A number have been incorporated in a dozen musical theater pieces. And I have also written papers presenting my personal, political, and philosophical views. Although a good many have been quite well received, most of my works have yet to play publicly.

My problem lies in the candor and artistic quality that have colored my works "controversial." A generally successful effort has been made to prevent my fulfilling the outstanding promise with which I "burst on the entertainment scene" in 1960. I have proved to be far too politically incorrect for the superstardom initially predicted for me. …

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