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Monday, August 25, 2008

I am not John Adams

It has happened more than once. Over the course of the years people have approached me at contemporary music concerts and timidly introduced themselves. When they learn that I am not John Adams the renowned American composer, they usually back off in disappointment.

Once at a new music festival at Lincoln Center in the 1980's a young composition student approached me. He started talking to me as if I were John Adams. After I explained that I wasn't the composer he thought I was, he thought I was pulling his leg. He was certain that I was in fact John Adams, but did not want to admit it to him.

I've secretly wondered if any of my fans have approached John Adams and mistaken him for me.