Saturday, February 21, 2009
It's Thaw Right
Although we got more snow overnight, *groan*, the sun is getting warmer and by afternoon it had started to melt around the trees. I had to judge today and miss the last day of my seminar. I heard some good playing though.
I find a lot to like in almost everyone I meet. There are some great stories out there! Even in the people that really tick me off, I try to look for what the Creator, or their mom, sees in them. It can be challenging.
And there are many opinionated, quirky people in my music world. Heck, I'm one of them. No matter where I sit on an issue there's a person who seemed to want to argue with me about it. And he pushes. And I would try so hard to keep my mouth shut. And I would eventually fail. It seemed every time we were in the same room, we would be on opposing sides of the conversation.
One day the topic seemed to be holding up the high standard of classical music. He believes in the pristine-ness of our art form. I believe in the joy of it. You wouldn't think that these would be opposing views. I like to point out the human aspects of the composers which I can make relevant to my students, he likes to put them and the music on pedestals. I perform to the people in the room; he performs to the ghosts in their memory. He gets more "real" gigs than I do. So he must be right. Define 'real', I wanted to say. Only classical music performances count, he stated. Oh okay.
He is a very lonely man, I noticed. Today, like the snow, my heart is melting. It is starting from my core, and slowly spreading out, slushy and muddy. yum.