Thanksgiving morning. I just finished reading “Hair Man Don’t”
[Letters, Dec. 2]. I don’t get it! Why the ugly towards Hair
Man? I started listening to Hair Man on WRPI a year or so
ago. I am amazed at what he spins on the radio, the music!
The other day he played, back to back, a killer Pink Floyd
cover song sung by a female vocalist and a Neil Young cover
by Roy Buchanan. He’s spinning music that nobody else is spinning,
not here, not Wakovia, not New York City. Sure, he rants on
and on and he loses himself sometimes, but he gets me laughing
and he’s far better than the monotony you get everywhere else
on the radio.
He’s not the leech Don Drewecki says he is; he’s not the blathering
egregious embarrassment Robert Henrickson says he is. Hair
Man is different for sure, but he’s not harming anyone. Why
the animosity? I sense a bias here. He’s different guys! He’s
not what you want him to be. He is he, and he is doing no
harm to anyone as far as I can see. And O the music he spins!
A leech sucks blood from the body. Hair Man offers nutriment
to the soul.
Don says “He says nothing intelligent or illuminating about
the vinyl he plays.” What matters, Don, is that he is putting
the music out at all. He is educating an audience, moving
an audience. It’s the music that moves, not the biography
of the musician.
Robert says Hair Man is a vacuous blowhard. Ouch! I am a good
judge of character, and I say Hair Man is more an intellectual
object who may not be pro at imparting the totality of his
communication, but an A for effort he gets for trying, for
being who hi is, simple he.
The artistic vision that Don mentions is to know to look for
the little bits and pieces that come from the whole, those
are where the genius lies, the wisdom. Hair Man is better
than what the duo claim to be.
Hair Man said the other day, “Us humans are like tiny specks
of dust floating in the air.” I admire his philosophy, his
individuality, his skill at wittiness. He’s simple, he’s not
complicated. He’s not a Mozart, but I bet he’s close to a
Schweitzer spiritually. A Thoreau Hair Man is. That would
make him a rare breed, which does not imply “a bad thing.”
Hair Man is but one dose of my global, local, astronomical,
spiritual, conservative, liberal, creative, zany, humorous,
open pursuits. He is a large dose, as I get much out of what
he does on radio. After that first experience with Hair Man
I’ve been stuck like shavings of steel stick to a magnet.
RPI and the community at large ought be thankful for having
him around. I sure am! I appreciate the music he puts out,
the diversity. I think he deserves better than what the two
letter writters dished out to him last week in your rag.
Due to I what understand was essentially a typo, David King’s
column “The More Things Change” [State Bulletin, Dec. 2] incorrectly
stated that New York Sate Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
“opposes requiring legislators’ lawyers to reveal their clients.”
What the article meant to say was that the change sought by
reformists was that legislators who are lawyers, rather than
attorneys of those legislators, reveal their client lists.
The pros and cons of this issue raise some interesting points.
The reason for this proposal is clear—lawmakers who are attorneys
may have clients with business before the state and therefore
may, under the present cover of secrecy, seek to benefit them
through kickbacks. However, the under the rules of the New
York State Bar Association, the identities of an attorney’s
clients are often privileged, and therefore attorney- lawmakers
complain they are being unfairly singled out. They also cite
hypothetical cases where, for example, a battered wife seeking
a divorce without her husband’s knowledge could be exposed
by the proposed requirement if she were the client of a legislator
who was a matrimonial attorney.
Moreover, when Gov. David Paterson tried to get ethics reform
enacted earlier this year, the Legislature offered to require
its members who are lawyers with clients having business before
the state to reveal the names of those clients, but the that
compromise failed when he vetoed the Legislature’s version
of the ethics measure as being insufficient.
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