am 17. Februar 2000
This has got to be the "feel good" book of the year for amateur musicians. Professor Booth, time and again, puts his finger on the many reasons why we spend all those hours and muscle pains to end up being second-rate at best. Yes, the latter chapters may go a little overboard, but enthusiasm is one of the things it's all about. There are some very poignant moments and some downright hilarious ones. I'm recommending this one to all my music-making friends.
am 11. Juli 1999
The writer focuses on his experiences as a cellist in amateur chamber groups and expands from that subject to address the concept of 'amateuring', that pursuit of an activity at which one knows one will never be more than merely adequate, the drive to persist 'for the love of it', for the sense of community with other amateurs. This certainly struck a responsive chord in me, an amateur musician whose love for music-making far exceeds his abilities.