Whenever I see a good performance, I can always identify what the goal of the performer is. Not because he needs to say it, but by where the emphasis of his performance is placed. This is also true for bad performances, but let’s not digress. In finding a way to rationalize some of my ideas on this, I found Benjamin Zander’s talk on impulses in classic music fascinating and audible proof of how decisions sometimes matter more than simple technique. Fun, insightful and profound, his passion makes it more than a talk but a true performance.