Apparently some of the jams the South Carolina Legislature gets itself into are really just jam sessions.
In between legislative debates on such pressing issues as whether or not an award-winning graphic novel constituted pornography and figuring out how to have more guns in bars, a few lawmakers sat down this year with musician-lobbyist Hobart Trotter to relax through the healing power of song.
Mr. Trotter, who lobbies on issues related to state contracts, says he doesn't let politics sully the sanctity of his legislative concerts.
Presumably his repertoire does not include "The Wheels on the Bus" since the Legislature seems to have a hard time paying for those wheels, or for the buses themselves. Or roads for those buses to use.
At least the state didn't cut funding for music education this year. In fact, there was a slight increase in grant programs for arts education, according to the S.C. Arts Commission.
To be fair, music is a proven stress reliever and a powerful way to connect with others both as performer and listener. Multiple studies have shown that musicians also tend to have higher IQ scores and perform better on a variety of tests.
And any amount of harmony at the Statehouse is surely better than partisan discord.
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