This is a crazy read… a very well written article about an intense subject. Holy cow. Take the 15 min to read it through. Amazing.

A few observations from me:

1. Note the MASSIVE endowment the BSO has (where “has” = “needs”). Talk about government bailout.

2. The psychological aspect of a “perfect performance” is represented well here. Like golf, music is a mental thing. The physical elements of playing drums are very real, but at the end of the day it is a strategy game and head game. Chess rather than football.

3. From where I’m sitting it seems that finding one’s worth and value in a skill or vocation will ultimately always produce the kind of stress and disappointment that is so tangible in this article. Music is amazing and powerful and awesome and I love it, but one should find IDENTITY elsewhere.

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/articles/2012/06/boston-symphony-orchestra-audition/print/

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