Let's say I wanted to go to the Paris Conservatory (a shadow of its former self)-for the name. According to the website, I would have to play unaccompanied Bach cello suites (WHY? why should I have to?), a "standard" (tired, overdone) work like Glaz etc, and for the 3rd round-LAUBA (required.) I could deal with the first 2, but I refuse to dedicate months to learning a "piece" that makes me feel like crap inside, and also makes 99% of audiences feel like crap. I could be learning things like cornet solos from Marsalis' Carnaval. Oh wait, I am. In fact, I am positive what I am attempting right now has never been done on the saxophone. I'd much rather hear (and implement) a TASTEFUL use of double tonguing, like in those virtuostic romantic cornet and flute solos, than pecky pseudo crap, like the way Albright sounds. I believe how successful you want to be is a matter of how much you want it and what's inside you, not some fancy degree. But, I'm getting my stupid bachelor's degree in music performance right now. Anyway-I hate modern music. I hate modern music like you might hate 1880s "cheesy, carnival of venice" type "crap." Don't feel like wasting my breath explaining why. Anyway. I love music, and can tolerate pieces like...oh, Tomasi concerto, Desenclos, etc. They're pretty cool. But when you get into Berio, or Lauba, or whatever, I wretch. I hate multiphonics. They sound like crap. Does anybody get that? Why can nobody release a GOOD cd without the same tired old crap? Anyway, screw the classical saxophone world. Screw it. It's all about conformity and stroking each other's bulbous egos and being little robots and having your head so far up every mediocre professor's *** you can taste brylcreem. I am gonna change it, or fail and do something else. We'll see.