I’ve been so incredibly happy lately.
I’ve created new memories.
Have gone on new adventures.
While you’ve dwelled on the scars of days gone by.
While you’ve been stuck.
And I’m never going back.
seriously, performers, stop being lil’ whining bitches.
it’s so fucking annoying to hear “oh my god that’s so fucking hard omg i will never be able to play that because it’s so fucking hard omg. i just wanna play bach and beethoven all fucking day long because i’m a boring person”
the countless hours put into creating and preparing music.
the number of times someone has stared aimlessly into a room to figure out some musical passage.
the feelings and emotions behind music.
and because you don’t have “the most awesome of concerto parts where you are playing so much and you have so many solos and you [think you] are rocking it and blahblahfuckingblah”
shut the fuck up.
people go to school to study music and to find their sound. there’s a reason why you have forty fucking measures of rest. it’s because we don’t want to hear a fucking bass trombone play during a djembe solo or during a fucking english horn solo or because the fucking bass trombones play the shit out of the fucking instrument and we don’t want to hear that until a certain part.
stop complaining about the music you are given. stop trying to get out of working hard for what you are given. these are professionals, and even when we disagree with them, we fucking do what they write because they are artists and it is their job to organize sound.
so fuck you and your spoiled asses, because honestly, without people that push the boundaries, there is nothing new. without these people that dedicate their lives to organizing sound in their own glorious ways, we wouldn’t have music.
you can go into your fucking corner now and put down your Student-Model Trombone that you’ll never be able to bring into any audition or real music gig because no one wants to work with someone who bitches about their music.
seriously. real musicians are all over this. yeah, some people may not like the sound of it, but honestly, if we didn’t try new things and experiment with timbres and shit, we wouldn’t have any of the music we have today.
do you hear horn players complaining about the shittons of excerpts from Malher symphonies? do you hear piccolo players asking John Adams to change his piccolo figures during any and all of his pieces? do you hear bassoonists taking the high f in the ligeti piano concerto down an octave? do you hear bassoonists taking out the ravel piano concerto in g third movement excerpt? do you hear flute players complaining about the incredibly ridiculous writing they get 24/7? the percussion players complaining about how much writing there is in a wind ensemble piece?
no. no you fucking don’t. imagine the tuba players that get paid for top symphonies across the country. they *barely* play in a majority of the “orchestral music canon” *which is incredibly fucked up and unrepresentative of any sort of music that’s been produced within the past 100 years that isn’t by Gershwin, Debussy, and other white people*
seriously, this matter gets me so goddamn mad.
john mackey-if you ever read this-and other composers out there: thank you for all you’ve done for us. thank you for inspiring musicians and composers with your awesome minds that have created some really amazing music. i know you don’t need me to tell you, but y’all kick some serious ass. fuck these twelve year olds that will grow up to have boring, uneventful, unartistic lives. i am really appreciative of what you’ve done for me in my life: all of the soundscapes you’ve created, all of the images you’ve brought to my mind, all of the memories that i’ve flashed back to during a piece, all of the chills you’ve given, and all of the reasons to make music my life. you rock.
to all the haters of anything contemporary and relevant to current society: fuck you. y’all need to educate yourselves.
*PS: seriously though [not that i wasn’t serious before], mr. mackey, you write some great music. i love being pushed and challenged on my instrument. it makes me work harder at perfecting my instrument and sound, and it’s honestly a great feeling to be able to create these wonderful pieces of music.