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© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 2, 2001


Re: The choir loved Griffith's preaching, Aug. 1

I can't believe Peter Smith attended the same Nanci Griffith concert I did. It's as if he didn't hear a word she said or sang. Far from preachy, Griffith is an elegant, soft-spoken advocate for decency wherever she goes.

To compare Nanci Griffith to Barry Manilow is just ridiculous. While I've nothing against Manilow's pablum-laced love songs, it is apparent that this reviewer just didn't catch how literate Griffith is.

For Griffith's only appearance in Florida after a 5-year battle with cancer, it's a true shame to have her treated this way.
-- Betty Jean Steinshouer, St. Petersburg

After reading Peter Smith's review of Nanci Griffith's show at Mahaffey Theater, I wondered had we seen the same show.

He objected to Ms. Griffith's preaching? Since the death of Princess Diana, she has become the "celebrity spokesperson" in the fight to eliminate the manufacture and production of land mines. Is that his objection? Did he leave feeling lectured because of those comments? Perhaps he objected to her speaking about being a survivor of breast cancer and thyroid cancer, which derailed her career for several years.

I suggest Mr. Smith's drivel would be more readable if he wrote about something he understood. It obviously is not music. What performer does not speak out against something?
-- Michael Golden, St. Petersburg

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