Emerson’s Law of Compensation

Hey, it’s December, and Postclassic Radio‘s composer of the month is Mikel Rouse! Tonight at Walter Reade Theater in New York City I’ll be receiving my ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for the station, along with Robin Cox of Iridian Radio. I told ASCAP that the station was Robin’s idea and I stole it from him, and that he should get the award alone, but they split it between us. It confirms what I’ve said all my life: you don’t get the things you deserve, but you get other things you don’t deserve instead, so it evens out. In college I got C’s in the courses I deserved A’s in, and A’s when I deserved C’s. Something similar keeps happening. My mother always called it Emerson’s Law of Compensation.