“…the joy that comes when you stop feeling threatened by other people’s accomplishments and let yourself be open to the beauty that they bring into the world”
That’s William Deresiewicz on what he was missing with the high achieving cut throat mentality he had in his years as a student.
In a sense, music passes through the high achieving cut throat mentality. It is all about being “open to the beauty that they bring into the world”. Other people’s accomplishments, from past and present, combine to create a fertile artistic world for us. We want people to compose, perform, and listen well.
If nobody did, well, let’s not imagine that world…