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September 1, 2013

SINGER: Plunking along like Mr. Basie

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Niagara Gazette — That’s of course the theme of a fine movie featuring Richard Dreyfuss as a music teacher in “Mr. Holland’s Opus.” The sooner you get to that “you,” the better.

What repulses, however, is too many who now feel they ought to be doing something, when they really aren’t right for it. Plenty of this phenomenon about — too darned much ...

In sum, if you’re going to plunk along, do so at what suits you best.

B.B. Singer has taught at several colleges in the area, including Niagara University.

B.B. Singer has taught at several colleges in the area, including Niagara University.

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