By Vidas Pinkevicius (get free updates of new posts here)
What quality do you like more in an organist: modesty or pride?
When somebody tells you they can't play well even though you've seen their organ video and you think the opposite?
Or when an organist boasts of their suberb virtuoso skills even though the audience can't stand their fast and loud performance style?
When she says things like "only young organists look good on video" even though her performance was solid and convincing?
Or when they say things like "everybody loved my playing and I couldn't stop my anchors" even though it's clear they are interested only in themselves?
I think both qualities are dangerous to a conscious organist.
Both are selfish and robs us from their contribution to the organ world and prevents them from showing us their best selves.
The truth is somewhere in the middle.
What do you think?
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