Texas Comparisons

“You play the Moonlight ver-ry good, young man, very good.” The old man’s New York accent stood out in the Texas crowd that had just given the Beethoven a standing ovation; and his Adam’s apple stood out from his throat as he continued, “I have Horowitz’s record of it. You play it very good, but not like Horowitz.”

“Mmmm,” I said, with a wise intonation, still sweating from the concert, feeling like wringing his neck, and wondering if this would make an amusing story one day.

Next morning, the concert manager drove me to the airport and I asked why he’d hired me—part of my project to understand how the business works. He said, “I suddenly realized one day that the series needed another piano recital; and on that day I received brochures from six pianists I’d never heard of; so I wrote to all of you and asked your fees. Yours was twice as high as the others, so I figured you were twice as good, and I hired you.”

This information should have inspired me to do what?

  1. Double my fee.
  2. Halve it.
  3. Become a concert manager.

This experience shows that

  4. You get what you pay for.
  5. You give what you're paid for.
  6. A prominent Adam's apple may not mark your most appreciative audience.
Copyright © James Boyk 2016. All rights reserved.
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  1. Ben
    Posted November 18, 2016 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    LOL. Jim, you still make me laugh. Glad you’re well!

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