Counterpoint

Peter (Leonard Bernstein's assistant): Can you wait a second?

Leonard Bernstein: I am waiting, infinitely patient. (Taking Haridas' hand) Olivier, c'est incroyable, ce que tu as fait! (They continue speaking in French.)

Haridas: Mr. Bernstein just said that Guru writes divine counterpoint.

Leonard Bernstein: He has no idea he is writing counterpoint. (To Sri Chinmoy) If I say 'counterpoint' to you, you will ask what that is. (To the group) But he has written a counterpoint like Bach. Every phrase goes with every other phrase, so that no matter what you do, you can't miss. That doesn't mean he (indicating Haridas) has not worked very hard to make the right things go with the right things. I am so impressed, I can't say! My ego is not impressed at all, but my musical spirit is very, very deeply impressed.

It is incredible the way you sing. And not one embarrassed face! That is what I was looking for. Usually when people come to sing for me, they blush, they look embarrassed, they kick their shins, they worry if they sing a wrong note. But you are all just so incredibly relaxed and full of breath! You are very lucky people; you know that, of course. I am very lucky now, too.