All new music is not created equal. There are the pieces that are recognizable, pieces that are easy for audiences to digest, pieces that come with their own legends. I was thinking about the variability the other day as I spoke to a class about John Cage’s 4’33”. Everyone knows it…or thinks they do. So, how do we talk about new music when what looms large in the public’s collective consciousness is a piece that, to all conventional appearances, is a piece that contained none at all?