I offer this outstanding performance of Beautiful Dreamer to honor Stephen Foster, the great American composer from the mid 19th Century, whose statue was removed today from Schenley Park in Pittsburgh. Foster was a Pittsburgh native. His music was reflective of the time in which it was written. When performed today, many groups change the lyrics to reflect modern day sensibilities. But if you start to judge art by the politics of the artist, you will have no art left. His music is classically American and part of our rich history. On the other hand…I was really upset when I read the story. Then I saw the statue. It’s not the statue of Foster that is the problem…it is the African American dressed in slave garb sitting at his feet playing the banjo that raises your eyebrow. I understand why they are removing it, but somehow I think it goes way beyond a questionable image in a statue. You cannot erase American history. My question to the people who made this decision: would you erase his music also? Somehow I think the answer would be yes.