The Composer’s Code of Polite Silence

I’m transcribing my interviews with Bob Ashley (kind of in shorthand, I don’t have time to do a real transcript; some student can do that someday if he wants). A name of one of Bob’s contemporaries would occasionally come up, and he’d give me a frank appraisal of the person’s music. Sometimes he’d asked me to switch off the tape recorder to do so, sometimes he’d instead hesitate a moment and then say, “You can put that in the book.” After one of those, he said, “There’s got to be somebody who says something about somebody.” Amen.


  1. Jim says

    I love the silence on this post–speaks volumes! Sorry for ruining it, but I couldn’t resist.
    KG replies: Well noted.