Janice in NJ Posted November 10, 2012 Share Posted November 10, 2012 (edited) I read Joan's post. Efficiency is one of the things I struggle with. I like it. I get charged up when I find ways to do things better and faster. Gosh I feel so validated. But there is something missing. Nuance is lost. Shaved off in favor of something else. And yes, I must admit that very often those nuances can be the difference between ho-hum and something great. Which begs the question, "Has efficiency caused a decrease in productivity?" Dog starts chasing its tail. The paralysis of analysis. Ds - perfect example. Among other things, this boy reads slowly. (Drives me bonkers! Over the top bonkers! I can actually feel my skin crawl when we are arguing about this!) "You've only read eight pages in the past twenty minutes. HURRY UP! You HAVE to hurry up!" Inside the mothering discussion starts swirling, "Is pushing him the right thing to do? (Not really) But yes, it is. (Oh, come on. So he reads slowly. Who cares?) I do. He has to learn to focus and read faster. It's going to trip him up in the long run. He needs to work at it. (Maybe, but you shouldn't make him feel bad. He's not being naughty. Just slow.) But, slow is a problem. Isn't it my job to help him to improve on things he should improve on? And maybe he is being naughty. (No he's not.) Shut up! I told him to focus. And he's not listening to me. So that's wrong. Right? (Silence.) Both of me feel wrong." Can you see me circling through this ridiculous argument with myself. Yuck! Hate this! After all, no one wins here. Ever! Honestly? His mind wanders. Terribly. He's bored. And so he stares at the page while his mind ping-pongs around to 8 zillion different places. "Oh. The page. Where was I? What?" Read. Read. Read. Oops....gone again! I asked him once, "What's your favorite thing about playing the pipe organ?" His answer, "I'm focused. My mind doesn't wander. It feels so good to be entirely focused." So is the boy efficient? No. Not really. At least not generally. But he does some things well. There is a mechanical blanket that I feel when I'm efficient. It makes me feel valuable. I don't think this boy is burdened by that same blanket. ================= The lad is playing this piece for the postlude in church on Sunday. Here are the notes his teacher included in the bulletin: Dieterich Buxtehude! In 1705, Johann Sebasan Bach walked 250 miles to sit at the feet of this master of the North German organ school, for many years musician at the famed Marienkirche in Lubeck. (Staying three months, Bach was in a bit of trouble when he returned home!) In 1703, Handel also made the trip. He was most likely being considered as a replacement for the retiring Buxtehude but, in the end, was not interested in the part of the job description that included marriage to Buxtehude’s supposedly less than attractive daughter! A great composer of vocal and organ music, Buxtehude’s Abendmusik concerts were legendary and his contribuon to the genre of organ music continues to be felt. The prelude this morning is a passacaglia, a set of variations occurring over a recurring pedal theme. The postlude, Praeludia, is one of the great examples of a musical form for which the composer was especially famous. It consists of various free sections interspersed with fugal sections which use a variety of colors of the organ. David Higgs once described the ﬁnal fugue as the “Ha Ha Fugue” …listen closely to the pedal line. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txFdGds5av4&feature=youtu.be Peace, Janice Enjoy your little people Enjoy your journey Edited November 10, 2012 by Janice in NJ Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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