Going Out in a Blaze of Glory

20 03 2007

Tomorrow, the orchestra has one shot to play its very best; one chance, and that is all – for next year, it will be a different set of faces, a different set of music…a different orchestra. Tomorrow, my students will have one opportunity to justify an entire year of sore fingers, ringing ears, and going home late; one opportunity to look other people in the eye and say, “We did our best”.

I don’t know if my students are old enough to understand the importance of being able to do that just yet…but that’s OK; maybe someday.

In the end, it’s not the performance that matters; it’s the hours and hours of practice behind the performance, and the lessons one learns en route. If through their experience with the orchestra this year, my students learn that good things are possible only if we are willing to pay the price in time, in sweat, and sometimes even in blood, then I can happily lead them to battle tomorrow, even if it be our doom, and our names and deeds will be remembered in a blaze of glory – not in mere photographs or motion picture – but in hearts and minds and lives…

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers –
for he to-day sheds his blood with me
shall be my brother.

~ Shakespeare’s Henry V

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20 03 2007
Kez

so i did find your blog. nyeh. haha 😛

i wish you the very best of luck (or rather, blessings) tomorrow sir! if i may say so, i’ve listened in to two of your “Iris” practices and they sound really good. see you tomorrow! 🙂

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