lol,  well i know i am a little flip to the kids sometimes,  but ya know, i guess the overall point i keep trying to make in a thousand ways
is that to me.  you don't even get involved in this music thing unless you feel you just can not stop  yourself.  i tell my students ... do not even think about going to a music school and having a carreer in it unless you just can not stop yourself and can not get yourself to apply yourself at something else.  then if you just can't stop yourself you just gotta jump in.  hopefully once you jump in you will not have to become a gigolo like i did,  hopefully you will not do five to ten at bridgewater for an incredably stupid armed robery attempt with a pellet gun.  hopefully you will not have such a small amount of talent as i that you will have to resort to dressing in drag and singing a "pianochic" version of "pianoman" in provincetown on capecod to make ends meet... oh sorry am i on a rant again?
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