Why rest?

Have you ever played a musical instrument? I took piano lessons when I was in junior high (now that's telling my age). I enjoyed it but I seemed to have one recurring problem with each piece of music assigned to me.  I would rush the rest. Those of you who know me personally are laughing out loud right about now. A rest is an interval of silence in a piece of music and it is placed strategically throughout any musical composition. A rest can be given an interval of time equivalent to any note value. There is a saying among [...]