Three Dog Night and Dixie: the Innocent, Complicit Pluralism of my Childhood Music Class

In these divided and angry days, I am thinking of Mr. Purdy’s music class at Carmel River School.

Several generations of children passed through Bill Purdy’s music education courses in the Carmel Unified School District.  A tall, angular man with a huge nose and a larger smile, Mr. Purdy taught the sullen, the tone-deaf, the over-enthusiastic and the gen…

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