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I don't know if Mr. Vonnegut actually said this, (I found in on the internet), nevertheless it is a beautiful perspective.


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“When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig. I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of “getting to know you” questions you ask young people: Do you play sports? What’s your favorite subject? And I told him, no I don’t play any sports. I do theater, I’m in choir, I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes.

And he went WOW. That’s amazing! And I said, “Oh no, but I’m not any good at ANY of them.”
And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before: “I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them. I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences with different skills, and that all teaches you things and makes you an interesting person, no matter how well you do them.”

And that honestly changed my life. Because I went from a failure, someone who hadn’t been talented enough at anything to excel, to someone who did things because I enjoyed them. I had been raised in such an achievement-oriented environment, so inundated with the myth of Talent, that I thought it was only worth doing things if you could “Win” at them.”

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I'm also not sure about the attribution, but I certainly appreciate the sentiment.

For Vonnegut, there's always this, "We are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you any different."


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Words to live by...


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I think the perspective is spot on. It's the interest, the drive, the pursuit, the joy that makes you shine a little brighter. It's great if you can become a virtuoso pianist, but there's an awful lot of room below that for what counts as a good life at the piano.


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Originally Posted by Stubbie
I think the perspective is spot on. It's the interest, the drive, the pursuit, the joy that makes you shine a little brighter. It's great if you can become a virtuoso pianist, but there's an awful lot of room below that for what counts as a good life at the piano.

Or a good life in general.


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I recall a scene from a movie long, long ago (it was in b/w, that's how long ago) in a galaxy near, near away, where one protagonist blubbed about human 'attributes' (like war & peace (not the novel) and love and hate (not the novella) etc), whereupon the scientific guy (you can tell he's scientific because he looked scientific, wore big round glasses and had dishevelled Einsteinian hair) said testily: "We are nothing but a collection of amino acids and water!"

That's something I always remember when I start to go into Existentialism (which used to be all the rage - whatever happened to it?) or into the immense depths of profound superficialities like The Meaning of Life.........or if I start wondering why Bach didn't use the much more profoundly superficial G7aug17dim13/A# chord rather than plain G major at one point in his Goldberg Aria (- then I remember that he composed it for insomniacs, who don't appreciate superficial profundities, not even of the jazz kind).

Then I leave off trying to master Opus Clavicembalisticum's quadruple fugue and go back to playing Minuet in G thumb:


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Thank you rocket88! I have read it before, and I liked it then, and I like it now.


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thumb +1 rocket. Words to live by.


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Yes that's all nice and good, but you can't just change your perspective or your motivation because you've read it somewhere or because you want to. And besides, nobody wants to listen to a musician that can't play.
Kurt Vonnegut is a talented writer, that's why he writes. If I knew that my playing was awful no matter what, I would have quit long ago.
Maybe this is an eye-opener in the USA, because society is so extremely competitive.

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Originally Posted by ErfurtBob
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Kurt Vonnegut is a talented writer, that's why he writes...

He hasn't been writing much since 2007 or so...at least not anything that has become available.


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