Mudcat Café message #857631 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #55223   Message #857631
Posted By: Mark Cohen
03-Jan-03 - 12:02 AM
Thread Name: Using a music stand
Subject: RE: Using a music stand
This discussion keeps coming up, and people keep coming up with new and interesting points of view and ideas. (A good argument against the "Just go back and read the old thread" school.) But one idea keeps coming up that I wish would stay down: "If you can't get off the music, don't play." I think it's reasonable to suggest that it's helpful to learn songs and not depend on music. But if somebody has trouble memorizing songs, or gets stage fright, and sometimes forgets lyrics and chords...and if she enjoys playing and singing, and if people enjoy listening to her play and sing in whatever place she and they choose to come together...then who among us has the right to say to that person, "Don't play"?   

Aloha,
Mark