Subject: Re: Program notes
From: Ned Bouhalassa (ned@CAM.ORG)
Date: Wed Apr 14 1999 - 14:27:51 EDT
Rick Nance wrote:
> If one does write program notes a 10 year old can understand, will anyone pay
Hello Rick. I feel that I should reply, since I originated that suggestion.
I guess the bottom line is who you're writing program notes for:
specialists or the general public?
I tend to write notes that are more complex (if I can) for a concert that
is part of a conference (ICMC). Otherwise, simplicity does the trick for me
(both as a reader and communicator). I suspect that people (in general) pay
more attention to text that is simple and clear than to what, on first
glance, looks like an excerpt from a technical manual (sure, I read those
sometimes, but not at a concert. I only crack one open when I have to).
As for what a 10-year old can understand, I think that that would include
nearly everything (except maybe a Yamaha DX manual). My niece surprises me
all the time with her level of understanding of the world around her, and
she is only 6.
This archive was generated by hypermail 2b27 : Wed Jun 11 2003 - 13:08:55 EDT