There’s this weird condition some people have
Where they despise anyone who’s not the ‘best’ at something,
Even though they themselves aren’t really good at anything.
I played the piano as a kid, and
I found out that, it turns out,
Absolutely everybody is an expert on music,
Even though few people can actually do it.
So I got lots of advice when
I began to play professionally.
Others would ask if I could play
This or that,
Disappointed or even scornful
If I could not.
Or would not.
I see people like that still:
Experts on sports, politics, business —
You name it.
When I do, I remember why
I turned away from music as a profession:
Because I loved music more,
Than I loved competition or