For those of you who aren’t familiar with the name, John Cage was a composer, an innovative icon of 20th century ‘classical’ or avant grade classical music. Some of his best known work involves prepared pianos. He created the music by actually placing objects between the strings of grand pianos thus creating a new instrument! (and crazy enough nowadays, there’s an APP for it!) http://johncage.org/cagePiano.html
I mention him because this level of creativity is something most people (especially in conservatories) would have screamed NO, you Can’t do that. But he followed his vision and created a whole new ascetic in modern music. Stories of such creativity always warm my heart and serve as an amazing reminder that it’s imperative to heed the creative voice inside of our heads even when it goes against the ‘norm.’ That is How Magic is Made :) This kind of innovation also reminds be about the power of being Your Own Kind of Beautiful.
Here is some priceless advice he shared……
Some Rules and Hints
for Students and Teachers
By John Cage
RULE 1: Find a place you trust and then, try trusting it for a while
RULE 2: GENERAL DUTIES AS A STUDENT
Pull everything out of your teacher.
Pull everything out of your fellow students.
RULE 3: GENERAL DUTY AS A TEACHER
Pull everything out of your students.
RULE 4: Consider everything an experiment.
RULE 5: Be self disciplined.
This means finding someone smart or wise and choosing to follow them.
To be disciplined is to follow in a good way.
To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.
RULE 6: Follow the leader
Nothing is a mistake.
There is no win and no fail.
There is only make.
RULE 7: The only rule is work
If you work it will lead to something.
It is the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch onto things.
You can fool the fans - but not the players.
RULE 8: Do not try to create and analyze at the same time. They are different processes.
RULE 9: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It is lighter than you think.
RULE 10: We are breaking all the rules, even our own rules and how do we do that?
By leaving plenty of room for 'x' qualities.
Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes.
Read everything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully and often.
Save everything. It may come in handy later.
And I think the sum of this missive - Look for Inspiration in everything - yourself, your community and your teachers. One needn’t be a formal teacher to be a teacher…. Allow your horizons to expand by listening and learning. Have the discipline to work on your craft as well as the courage to sing YOUR song.
If you’re curious, more about Cage Here http://johncage.org/ and Here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Cage
As always, drop a line back, let me know what you are creating nowadays!!
Love, Light and Many Blessings to you -
Stay the course and always, be YOUR OWN kind of beautiful