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February 3, 2004
Vol. IV, No. 4

"MTV Crowd Rocks the Bote"
While the Superbowl halftime events of this past weekend dominate the news, the organ community is today confronting the announcement by the School of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, that it plans to eliminate its organ program. While it may be possible to reverse the school's decision through a groundswell of popular protest, the larger issue will remain. In our country, there is a general lack of appreciation for music. To that end I have emailed the following letter to FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell:

February 3, 2004

Chairman Michael K. Powell
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554

Dear Chairman Powell:
I believe that Janet Jackson and MTV are being unfairly vilified for the events of this past weekend. To be honest, it would have been far more surprising if Janet Jackson had NOT exposed herself on CBS. Due to its indecent language and sexual content, primetime network television has been unwatchable for the average American family with children for quite some time now.

Consequently, I also believe that investigating Janet Jackson's actions would be a tremendous waste of government resources that we as a nation simply can't afford. May I suggest instead using the money to make a sizable donation to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, a non-profit initiative dedicated to ensuring all children have access to a quality education that includes music by restoring music education programs in America's public schools.

Perhaps if we teach our children to appreciate music at an early age, there will come a day when popular artists aren't so quick to substitute cheap promotional stunts for good music.

Thank you for your time.


Daniel C. Long

Dan Long

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