All Things Considered has been underlining the war's historical importance by imagining the world if it had never happened: How would politics, science, literature and music have been different without that conflict?
We asked listeners to carry this idea of a counterfactual history and received more than 1,500 thoughtful — and often hilarious — stories.
My own contribution to the series was actually selected!
— Brian Hughes
Of course, there is much more to the musical story, but this is what I came up with off the top of my head. Maybe Stravinsky would have written "A Farmer's Tale" instead.
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This past weekend I received a LinkedIn request from a member of the news media in the Quad Cities (Davenport, IA etc.). I didn't know the guy but figured that such a contact couldn't hurt. The next thing I know I'm sitting in a QC Times conference room with a reporter and a camera man spending nearly an hour talking about the Bettendorf Park Band, community music-making, and my own passion for conducting. And so, this shows up last night on the paper's web site:
There's more, but I'm not a subscriber, so this is all I have at the moment. However, interested readers can order a coffee mug, t-shirt, or even drink coasters with my mug attached. (Hmm, mug on a mug? That might be a scary way to start the day…)