Back to those comments of Tom Clough's that resurfaced in the great choyting debate.
"I could sit hours and hear the worst piper that ever played, if there is such a thing as a poor Northumbrian small piper. Imagination has always played a big part in my playing and listening, and it's wonderful what can be gleaned from any sort of a piper. It's not really what he does, but what he tries to do; and that little bit of something adds further to your stock of knowledge if you can manage what he tried to do. That proves to me that there's not a piping failure, when the piper is doing his best, as the listener may be quick to pick up what the piper just misses. That´s been a life long practice, and I've learned clever things that way from what a lot have termed mediocrity, but not when it is polished up and finished properly." and "the true art of piping is to create music......It stands to reason that if two performers of equal ability play, but one instrument is much more musical than the other, then there is only one just cause, as it is musical effect that will always determine". Musical feeling is as important as technique. John -----Original Message----- From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Sent: 30 September 2008 17:11 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [NSP] Mistakes in public perfomance All music, because it is art, is a gift. The generosity with which the gift is given and received is often more important than the technical skill through which it is given. Some of the most moving performances I've had the pleasure of experiencing have been from artists who will never adorn their living rooms with trophies or be acknowledged in the pages of society journals. Likewise, a technically perfect performance can occaissionally feel selfish and shallow. These comments are general and apply to music in general. Music lives in the moment, and to languish over a poor performance, my own or anyone else's, or otherwise to puff up over a successful outing, these reactions both miss the point. Just about any performance, private or public, can be turned into torture by negativity. A positive attitude will make any opportunity to play or listen a much more enjoyable and rewarding experience for everyone. To paraphrase Miles Davis (I think): don't worry about mistakes...there are none. John -- To get on or off this list see list information at http://www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~wbc/lute-admin/index.html