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Peter Epstein: Effortless Precision

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AAJ: If I were going to come away from this interview having learned one thing about your music, what would you want it to be?

PE: That it all has a certain kind of meaning to me. I think of music like a vocabulary, that gets wider and wider. It's a vocabulary that can't really be discussed except in other musical terms. Certain musical elements seem to have some meaning to me, just the way that words and language do, even though it's not literal. In that sense, when I'm playing or when I'm writing, I'm trying as best I can to harness these things that mean something to me, and hopefully to get that across in a way that is distilled down to something that's going to have that same meaning for the listener—which probably is just another way of saying, "My music's really important, please listen to it." [Laughs.]

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