crying about it in the morning

the conductor was disappointed each time the 3rd movement started because the percussionist played so loud. he told him a hundred times but the percussionist had short term memory problems. this was the conductor’s favourite moment of rossini but each time he forgot to police the percussionist and predictably, the violas in the 2cnd movement put him under a spell. he became entranced, emotionally identified with the melody, lost in the pleasure of listening and the power of using his baton. before he knew it the 3rd movement was upon them and the percussionist made his usual blattering statements, it was too late. you can’t unlisten. it’s a live performance. the following performance, he decided he could not win and tried a new strategy. he would try enjoying the mistake instead of rebuking himself. this turned out to supply the unexpected consequence of changing everything.

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