TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
"The only moments I have when I play that are worth
anything to me are when I can blissfully ignore the people
I am supposed to be entertaining. No me; no silly public
to amuse; only the heart and the soul, the world, the birds,
storms, dreams, sadness, heavenly serenity. Then I am
an artist worthy of the name. . . . Until it happens, or if it
doesn't happen, I am miserable. . . ."
--William Kapell, pianist (1922-1953), writing to Shirley Rhoads
as quoted by Michael Kimmelman in "The Undefeated"
[New York Review of Books, Vol. LII, No. 5, Mar. 24, 2005]