I was discussing with a horn player at last evening's performance the difference between some modern performances and some older groups ie. his quintet of the late 60's and quintets nowadays. The discussion focused around acfuracy vs. musicianship, and how so many performers now are so technically polished beyond the wildest dreams of those years. Yet, so many of them lack that certain je ne c'est quoi...the spark of musicianship that makes your hair stand up on the back of your neck. Many performances are very clean and well done. Extremely clean. He said "we may have missed a few things here and there or not have been as tight in spots as we might like, but it always had that excitement." I wonder. What have we wrought with all of the technology that we carry into our practie rooms now? Tuners, metronomes that divide the beat and all that (yes, I have one, too), CD's to accompany lesson books, accompaniment software that will soon be available with full concert band works and full concert band sounds apart from your own part (SmartMusic 10 is coming). Are musicians coming of age now (and I mean late high schoolers) locked into a one size fits all approach to interpretation as a result of CD accompaniments or computer-generated accompaniments that force an interpretation on you? Are we generating a growth of musicians who cannot think for themselves? Who cannot perform without the aid of that technology? How did Gottfreid Reich ever manage to be so good without all of that? (None of us have ever heard him, but most of us know who he was...and he lived a few hundred years ago). Every blessing has its curse, every curse its blessing. What have we wrought?