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The choir is just like a garden. When the visitor enters the garden, if everything has been nurtured and watered, he will have a nice first impression, and he will look around searching for some more.

But if the gardener forgots to water the little plants in the corners, and if he only gives attention to his most beautiful trees, the whole garden will become a mess… his plants will grow in a mess, and the visitor will notice just a bunch of crap. Noone will ever notice if there is a lonely giant healty oak in the middle of the mess.

The new, untrained voices are the most important part of the choir to take care of. They have no defense against the teacher’s anger, they have no ears to understand what the current lesson is for… and they have the true beautyness of the wild rough emotion. These new voices will drop as soon as they will hear bad words about their behavior, they will drop when they will feel a single bad vibration in the choir’s life, they will drop if another stronger interest will rise up in their life, despite to the choir.

The teacher/gardener must give daily water to the plants with short roots. He cannot water or nurture the old trees… they just need some space and the right season (and sporadic prunings) to give fruits .


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as we start our lives, all the reality around us is just a fact. We decide who is more intelligent by the speed whom someone puts this reality inside. we like to call this “learning”. Just after few years, we learn that we can change this reality too. We can influence a conversation just being there and listening. With our presence people around us changes their mood. People can change in many ways, maybe just because of the idea they have of us.

One of my favourites way to change the reality is money, a particular property that the money gives to everyone, no matter who they are, or who they have become: we can choose what will live, and what will die. I was thinking to this little fact this morning, few minutes ago, when I was having my breakfast, and I noticed that I have two different types of biscuits in my shelf. The next time that I will go to the supermarket I will choose wich one of these brands will survive, and which will die. Of course I’m just a small percentage of the overall decision. I will take my little part in the destiny of the biscuits.

Money is an enhancement of the listening action too. Just a powerful listening. Yesterday I went to listen to the sardininan chours Gusana, in Gavoi. They let me in without paying a single eurocent. They took me out to the bar and offered me beer and they didn’t let me pay. They said that they will let me pay only when I’ll join their chorus. They are a strong and ancient chours (some of them sings together since 1970). I could hear many tenores influences, specially in the timber assonance of the basses, they feel like iron and buzzing car engines. The atmosphere, as soon as they started, immediately become full of many different scents. The first voices were stained with the “bravi alpini” flavour that I avoid as soon as I can. I like heavy struggling screams that tell me how difficult life can be, instead of sweet armonies that say how it’s easy to be a great singer when you are gifted.

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