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Stanmitz Concerto No., 3, or Why Music Is So Very Important
Here is Adella performing Stanmitz's Concerto No. 3 at Nonnewaug's spring concert. The kid does right by this piece of music, and her classmates do a lovely job of backing her up. That right there is why music is so cool: musicians back each other up. Musicians are working toward creating a work of art in sound; everything is "in the moment," as they say. Everything counts. And then it's all gone unless your dad or mom has the camera out. Music is intimate and beautiful and humbling and stunning. As the world goes crazy and school shootings multiply and political discourse dissolves into frat pranks, my money will be on the band geeks who fiddle while Rome burns. The fiddling, after all, makes a new Rome possible.