The Recital



Dear Friend:


I’m an amateur musician. It would be frightening to think somebody would pay to hear me perform. I’m good enough for a piano-recital-type-of-thing.  You know, with a captive audience of anxious parents, unruly siblings and smiling grandparents.  Everybody’s there for good cause; it’s just not for the music.

Now, when it comes to the music, that’s another issue. Better to have it memorized, of course! But only prodigies do that on a regular basis. For me there were only three other methods–pretty much used by everyone who never gave a flawless performance:

1) Carefully line up each sheet of music across the entire length of the piano rack.  Usually, that meant over-lapping the sides of each sheet of music too, to make everything fit. But that proved to be too risky. Get one sheet of music moving (for any cause) and the piano rack shed the rest of the sheets like a tree shedding leaves in an Autumn windstorm.  Yea, it might be a blast of air, or fumbling fingers, or some greasy little urchin in the audience trying to see what will happen if he runs up and touches the music (just for the heck of it). But whatever the cause, it wasn’t a good outcome for the accompanist OR the performer!  I can’t describe it further–there’s too much anguish in the recollection.

2) Sometimes I’d just tape the sheets together. There was probably a little more drama in that–a kind of hush would fall over the audience before that big wingspan of taped sheet music took off, somewhere near that tricky part that I hadn’t practiced enough to even remotely remember by heart. Oh, my heart!

3) Having a page-turner sit next to me on the piano bench worked OK, as long as he or she didn’t turn the page “too soon” or “too late” or tickle or bump your left elbow–on that tricky part that I hadn’t practice enough. I think maybe you get the picture?!



So, after a half-century of repeating #1-3 above, I invented 8Scape, a multi-page, music presentation folder. It solved over 50 years of folly, so to speak. I wince at the thought of how many times 8Scape might have saved me from that fire of embarrassment that colored my face bright red or from those cold sweats that broke out with just the mention of the word “recital.”

You can check out my folder, 8Scape, at It’s the real thing. No accompanist or performer should be without one. Trust me, I know what I’m blogging about. Now, would someone please point me in the directions of the next recital….

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