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Letter to the Orchestra

April 5, 2011

We, the audience, would love nothing more than to impress upon each of you, with the greatest level of sincerity, our overwhelming desire to hear a song. Not just any song, mind you, but The Song, rendered as originally composed. Frankly, we are at a loss to understand all of the turmoil which prevents such an occasion.

We understand that originally you did not really know of each other and that The Song was delivered to you through your respective musical instrument and with your written instrumental. We understand how it has only been recently that the stage has taken form to the point to allow for such a glorious ensemble.

Yet, still, here we are, many of us having looked at each of your parts and realized that it is all simply Parts to the same song. The rhythm is the same, the keys are the same, the melodies, crescendos, and length are all the same. So why the contentious fighting between you? Do you not see the underlining similarities as we do? Do you not hear the music as we do? To fight over whose instrument is the best is childish and boorish. You were too far separated originally to have been given the same instrument, so you each, the west, the east, the south, the north, and the middle, were given different instruments and the sheet music to play that instrument. Make no mistake, however, that those parts, when played together, make up The Song.

We do understand how your practice teachers have led you to believe how superior your instrument is to the others, we would expect nothing else given that they are teachers of that instrument. We understand that often those teachers have given you other music to play and that perhaps you have forgotten to practice the original music as often as you should. What we do not understand is your propensity to insist that your part should dominate all others and should be the lead part, setting the tempo and sound levels. If you truly understood music as you claim you do, you would realize that no instrumental is to take the lead, as the conducting will be done by the Conductor. The Conductor is who composed your music, designed the instruments, and built the stage.

Now is the time to fully comprehend your respective parts to The Song, because we, the audience, grow increasingly restless. We would be most grateful if you would simply sit down together and play in unison The Song. If you are, for whatever reason, inherently incapable of doing so, then kindly set down your instrument and leave the stage. Most appreciated.

The Audience.

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