I first experimented with writing music when I was around fourteen or so. As with most young people, especially the ones we've lately seen at Sibelius Music, I was a bit ambitious, and did many things that exceeded my grasp. However, an interesting recollection...one that illustrates a great difference between the youth I was and the youth we often see today, as well as a pattern that has continued into my twilight [sic] years...is as follows:
A friend mentioned my compositions to our choral instructor in high school. She asked to see some of my things, and after a quick look at some choral pieces, she posed the fatal question..."Would you like the chorus to try some of them out?"
My answer? "No, thank you."
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