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  •  Well said, and thanks for participating here giz. (13+ / 0-)

    Liberace is, in his essence, an operatic character, isn't he?

    I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

    by commonmass on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 11:00:37 AM PDT

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    •  Good description (0+ / 0-)

      His family was dirt poor, growing up. His father was a serious philanderer (and abusive), enough so that his very Catholic mother finally divorced him.

      And then struggled to sustain her four kids.

      As I recall, Lee's first playing for pay was in a setting that the family never quite out and out said was a brothel, but that was my read. So you had a young man who had the talent to come to Paderewski's attention and get some training from him... who was struggling to eat, and watching his mother struggle, too. And the Depression...

      At some level I think he made a decision to play for the big money, and was at ease with that. It made a mostly good life for him, and let him sustain his mon in style.

      Very much an operatic figure.

      Incidentally, his sister played as well as he did. I heard her once... but she only played when she thought no one else would hear. God only knows what that was about....

      "Be just and good." John Adams to Thomas Jefferson

      by ogre on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 02:30:54 AM PDT

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