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Some notes on luxury from John Lennon's fancy piano.


John Lennon owned his very own private white Steinway grand piano. I'm not even a musician, but there was a point in my life where I'm pretty sure I was as good a piano player as John Lennon. Y'know who could've put that piano to good use? Jellyroll Morton, or who knows what poor but brilliantly talented homeless kid or poor soul incarcerated for whatever necessity of impoverishment our society has decided to outlaw. We act as though, if we opened luxury to the public we would somehow lose the human capacity for genius. Yes, just imagine a world without the magnificent piano works of John Lennon. How empty.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen images in a world in which everyone gets a turn on John Lennon's fancy piano - the common man, the Jellyroll Morton, the incarcerated youth, the roadkill eater, the Salieri who has come to understand that true happiness comes from within and not the whims of the Viennese music scene. You know, everyone.

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Jeff Dorchen

Jeff is a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, fiction writer, poet, playwright and screenwriter. He's been a playwright, songwriter, and performer with Chicago's Theater Oobleck since 1988, a writer and actor with Red Baron Films since 2000, and a contributor to This Is Hell! since 1996. He currently lives in Los Angeles.


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