Kenneth Kamal Scott

"Porgy's" son's life on the operatic and theatrical stages

My Journal

Only in America

Posted on April 17, 2010 at 11:09 AM

I didn’t realize how emotional it would be to go back in time to the earlier days of my career, remembering colleagues and great moments in American music and theatrical history. When I think of the names of the giants I have been blessed to have shared the stage with, I'm overwhelmed. There are stories that involve names like Sammy Davis Jr., Harry Belafonte, Ed Sullivan, Paul Robeson, Gwen Verdon, George Balanchine, The Bolshoi Ballet, and Vera Volkava to name a few.

I used to edit my credits when I was younger, thinking how dated I became!!! Now I realize my good fortune to have lived such a rich and unusual artistic life. Speaking of "Only in America," it could only have happened here!!!


Please send all your loving thoughts to help this project move with all ease and grace.

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Reply Claude Filimenti
5:47 PM on December 7, 2010 
I think that great music is never dated. Genres may evolve, styles may change, but no matter what, if it's good to begin with, it remains so. Just because the music business and industry try to impose their short term commercial model, it is no reason to forget that music is an art and that art is without borders in time and space.

As you know, you state, you have been a lucky person to have experienced music in its purest forms, performed by real musicians, by people who lived for their art. Some of them got commercial successes along the way, many more not so, and I bet you remember just as many good musicians that nobody knows today. Quality of art should no be measured by financial gain. Just by the quality of the music and of the singing.

Just my two cents.