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Leslie Bixler, of Malibu, will have a Sept. 29 album release party for “We Don’t Own the Blues,” at Casa Escobar in Malibu. Suzy Demeter
Leslie Bixler (center) performs with Bill Bixler and Monty Pollack during a songwriters night at Casa Escobar in June. Suzy Demeter/22nd Century Media
Barbara Burke, Freelance Reporter
10:50 am PDT September 12, 2017

“I have often been utterly astonished, since I came to the North, to find persons who could speak of the singing, among slaves, as evidence of their contentment and happiness,” wrote Frederick Douglass in “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.” “It is impossible to conceive of a greater mistake. Slaves sing most when they are most unhappy. The songs of the slave represent the sorrows of his heart; and he is relieved by them, only as an aching heart is relieved by its tears.”