It took a while to pluck up the courage to listen to a CD devoted to music for solo cor anglais – the alto version of the oboe.
Okay … it really just takes courage to deal with the reeds. Playing it isn’t so frightening. :-)
I can maybe understand what the writer is (perhaps) suggesting: listening to one instrument for a full CD can sometimes get a bit boring. It’s not really courage one might need, but stamina. I remember when someone I know was at Banff for a summer and she told me their was some oboe convention or some such thing (maybe it was the IDRS? Has it been in Banff?). She said after a while she really craved hearing something different! Ah well … I guess it was just too much of a good (great?!) thing.
I try to remember my rule, but the other day I simply neglected it. Or forgot it. Or something. I was called on it. As I later wrote to a friend: “Whenever I do something like that my first reaction is defensive. Then a big of anger. Then it’s total guilt. Now I’m at the “maybe I shouldn’t blog” stage. Eventually I get to the, “Okay, lesson sort of learned. DON’T do that again!”"
So anyway, without telling you what I wrote or why I felt so awful (and still do, to be honest … that sort of crummy stomach in knots thing is still here), I can tell you my rule. When I write I try to keep this in mind. I MUST obey the first statement and then what I write must also fit at least one of the following two statements:
Is it TRUE?
Is it kind?
Is it necessary?
(In all honesty, I thought I made this “rule” up myself, and later found out someone else — I believe it was someone famous but I’m not sure who it was!— has been quoted online saying this. I’ll have to find that so I can attribute this to him or her. Or maybe one of you will fill me in …?)
So this is just a reminder to myself, and an admission to my few readers, that I do try to abide by this rule. Of course I rarely find that what I write here is necessary, as it’s all a bit of a pattyramble™ … but I do prefer to be kind and never hurt or offend.