Sunday, June 10, 2012


The recital

I recently got a chance to present some of my music at a student recital

At a student recital you expect various levels of competence.

So we were not surprised when this young fellow took the stage.

He was completely unprepared for his song.

He fumbled around a bit carefully arranging his mike and the music stand.

Even though he didn't seem to have brought any music

Then he pulled a wrinkled wad of paper from his pocket, unfolded it and placed it on the stand

He began his song

During which mumbled performance he occasionally had to stop to read from his score

or peer down to arrange his fingers on the neck of his guitar.

Not a dynamic performance.

After the smattering of polite applause waned, my wife turned to me and said

"In two hundred years, that piece of paper will be worth a fortune"

True story

(sort of)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love the irony that the husband could only think of the value of the paper and not the value of the music, or the performance or the experience

painting details

12:15 PM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

If he stays at it, it surely will…some of the most brilliant minds are also the most cluttered….

2:08 PM  
Blogger Little Nell said...

As Brian said - look at Mozart!

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Lane!!
The only valid performance of a living composer's music is one where the composer performs it, himself,or thoroughly prepares those who are to perform it. Hopefully, your Lieder will someday get a valid performance!!!
P.S. Obligatory regards from the Lovely Librarian to you, Meredith, and Keth

8:43 AM  
Blogger SueAnn Lommler said...

Ironic and iconic...wonderful

11:43 AM  
Blogger Tess Kincaid said...

You never know...

12:42 PM  

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