Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Amnesia and the Invisible Soloist

Last Monday I gave my faculty recital. How did it go?

I think it went pretty well because I can't remember it too well. I've noticed this before. Here's what happens (I think)…

On one end: the composer. On the other end: the audience.

Your job? Disappear.

My favorite compliment isn't, "Gee, you played great." It's, "I really loved that piece."

The amnesia part? If I'm not self-aware while performing, I'm less likely to remember how it went.

The bad moments? I remember them all too well ….