Up Close Matters


Let's say it is the same as the difference between shouting and talking person-to-person.  Not at all the same, right?  Yet children learn the piano as a shouting instrument.  In fact, I was once basically fired for encouraging a young boy to play softly -- at least, for not insisting that he play louder.  "We can't have little boys playing like that," the music school director said.
Why not?  
I think the answer is that music is not supposed to be for one's own pleasure, but to be held up for the judgmental listening of others.
If that is what it is, count me out.


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