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May 24, 2005

A certain distance required

Beware of playing the recorder at your Great Auntís Silver Wedding. Everyone there will tell you how marvellous you are, when in fact [sadly] you arenít.

Oh, donít get me wrong, itís kind to do it, and itís marvellous to see - and your Great Aunt will be made up. But music it ainít.

It could go either way: you continue through life thinking youíre great when you arenít. Or: you feel good having survived your first public performance and determine to work hard and do better next time. One path leads to mediocrity, the other to success.

You must maintain an objective distance from your output; and here lies part of the problem: creating a balance between self-criticism and confidence.

Posted by john at May 24, 2005 11:59 AM

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