I got a lot of compliments this fall for being easy to work with, or in the words of one colleague, “not bringing an overblown ego to the table.”

Bringing an overblown ego means making sure that every musical event is about me, me and me.  Bringing an overblown ego means everyone else’s needs and concerns are ignored while they rush to feed my voracious sense of self-worth.

Now I like to think I can be as big a crybaby as anyone, given the right circumstances.

But there’s also something to be said for letting your ego grow to such enormous proportions that it ends up figuring out how to feed itself.

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