February 7: Little Bits

A run-through is a satisfying thing;
To hear where your part fits within the whole,
And learn the proper place to stand and sing,
And feel as though all share common goal.

But when the final notes have dissipated,
There’s hardy time to celebrate success;
Our egos will be presently deflated,
As little bits of music we address.

A little bit less here, and don’t crescendo!
A little bit connected; no marcato!
A little bit less there: diminuendo!
A little bit more accent- there’s staccato!

A little bit disheartening it may be,
But in the details one finds artistry.

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