Ever wonder about how composers feel about band music?? Â Well, read this from John Mackey: "If youâ€™re a composer who grew up wanting to write orchestra music, and you listened to Barber rather than Grainger, you probably start with the attitude that you should be writing orchestra music, and band somehow isnâ€™t the goal. So, you marry Orchestra. Orchestra is hot. Okay, maybe not hot, but at least sheâ€™s the kind of hot that you know you should like. At the very least, sheâ€™s very pretty. And sheâ€™s really, really smart, and speaks, like, seven languages, and she knew everybody (but she only ever wants to talk about Beethoven). But you quickly realize that Orchestra thinks sheâ€™s better than you, and she acts like every minute she spends with you is come kind of charity work. You get her gifts, and shower her with attention, but you soon realize that she doesnâ€™t appreciate you at all, and sheâ€™s neglectful, and at worst, abusive.
And then one day, you meet Band at a party.
â€œWhat do you do?â€ she asks. â€œUm, Iâ€™m a composer,â€ you reply, expecting little reaction, but Band lights up and exclaims, â€œoh my God, thatâ€™s HOT! Do you have any music I can play? The newer, the better! Let me get you a drink!â€
Band is loud. Sheâ€™s not quite as pretty as Orchestra, and sheâ€™s a bit, shall we say, bigger-boned, but she has that truly â€œhotâ€ aspect to her that Orchestra never had. And most importantly, Band loves what you do. Whereas it was like pulling teeth to get Orchestra to look at your new music (and if she looked, she was generally not impressed, often comparing you unfavorably to one of her many exâ€™s â€” like Dvorak), Band thinks itâ€™s awesome. Band tells you things like â€œyouâ€™re special and perfect and Iâ€™ll appreciate you and your music like Orchestra never has, and never will.â€
What is Composer supposed to do?! Did I mention how loud and boisterous Band is? (Letâ€™s say sheâ€™s a screamer. Totally your type.) You have a blast when youâ€™re with her, and your friends agree that sheâ€™s a lot cooler than Orchestra, and they see how she treats you much, much better. How can Composer not be expected to stray?
Luckily for Composer, he figured this out around the age of 30, and not much, much later. He just feels bad for all of the other Composers who havenâ€™t yet caught on and left their dysfuncional, abusive relationships."