i think that perhaps feeling envious of lesser players is the musical equivalent of the billionaire in his castle envying the poor people because they don't have to decide what to do with their money.

what is interesting though is that titanicpiano14's postings seem to have hit a nerve with some players, perhaps myself included, who really shouldn't need to be affected by the inconsistent blues-scale noodling of a very average amateur.

it's hard to figure out what it is exactly that is so bothering.  is it that we feel frustrated by those who say how much they enjoy something we perceive to be of low quality? is it that we wish an audience was more discriminating?  do we resent the fact that somebody with what we consider basic piano skills seems to think highly enough of herself to post videos on youtube?

or is it that we resent the fact that our confidence, tempered by enough ability and knowledge of the music to know exactly how poorly we compare to the  greats we listen to, will never reach the levels that players like titanicpiano14 seem to display?  chances are it's a combination of all the above.  

i think that i'm guilty of feeling like that myself and i don't like myself for it.  i feel like peter schaeffer's salieri, blessed with only enough gift to know that i'm never going to be as good as i want to be and i'm definitely not proud of myself for feeling a resentment for somebody with a fraction of my musical knowledge and facility who seems proud of the ability that they do have - and is seemingly happy to show off that ability, unconcerned about being criticised by others.

sigh.
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