im posting this because of sth that really bothered me during my orchestra tour.
during our tour we had an exchange with a children’s music school through a talent show. to us, it was just an opportunity for those who want to casually perform something. we didnt even really dress up. just neat casual clothing. now, the other side was so flashy. little kids not even over 10 were dressed up in gowns and wore heavy makeup and neatly done hair. it just felt like, to us, we just wanted to have fun; like it’s just whatever. but to them, it was like their pride was at stake or something on something so small and insignificant.
but thats not even the point
other than the ONE piano performance and ONE guitar performance, they faked all the other performances. kids stood up there, exaggeratingly moving their bodies to the music, fake playing their flutes, keyboards, drums and violins for a good 2-3 hrs - basically lipsynching to a backtrack that played eveything (the whole “talent show” was around 5 hours but they “performed” for the majority of it).
to this situation, i can’t even wrap my mind around it. we sat there watching them fake play everything for 2/3 of the 5-something hours that we were there. honestly, what does that say to the children? “you’re not good enough to perform, you’re only good enough to stand there and pretend to play.” its like the whole beijing olympics opening ceremony all over again. for those who dont know, the little girl singing on screen was lipsynching to another girl singing offstage because the little girl offstage wasn’t pretty enough to be on stage. how cruel is that? what gives us the right to tell a little kid or anyone else, you’re not pretty enough, you can’t be seen. or you’re not talented enough, you only have your good looks. or you’re not good enough, you can’t perform live.
to the little kids not even over 8y/o, hasn’t their sense of self-significance been just completely crushed. they might not understand it now but when they get older, how horrible would they feel.
i hope this stops. especially for children. in no way should someone else’s significance be crushed for the sake of obtaining and sustaining another’s pride. because this is disgusting and in no way worthy of any praise.