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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000143.txt from 2003/10

From: Dan Leeson <>
Subj: Re: [kl] What to do
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2003 10:53:15 -0400

Buckman, Nancy wrote:

> Tony wrote:
> First of all, there are no 'ageist' rules about all of this. And,
> the fact that Dan now rejects his 'youthful' performances says
> nothing about their validity. (Perhaps his 'mature' judgment is the
> one that's faulty. How would he know:-)

Nancy responded:
> I think Dan was being facetious to a degree, but I understood his
> point. In general, I think he was saying it is hard to understand
> life without having lived some of it first.

I wasn't trying to be facetious when I said that, though it may have
sounded that way. What I had on my mind was that people grasp the idea
of passion at different stages. I'm not talking about sex. I talking
about real passion, which can have many facets.

In the case of sex (and I'm speaking of men here, though this may be
true of women, too) any teenager who gets an erection believes he
understands passion. But real passion is not in the crotch, it is in the
head and that, in my case at least, took me quite a while to figure out.

In the case of the passion of Brahm's clarinet quintet, all of the
composer's extraordinary eroticism needs to be in the head of the
player. In my case that took me a number of years to figure out.

Now maybe Tony was a faster starter than me. But I have a recording I
made of the f-minor Brahms at 20 and it embarasses me to hear it. All
that groping in the dark and heavy breathing and constant moaning. It
was 100% crotch playing and 0% mature, adult passion.

But then again, I was a slow learner.

There is an old adage that says, "The most sexual organ in the body is
the brain."
**Dan Leeson **
** **

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