What is a poet? An unhappy man who hides deep anguish in his heart, but whose lips are so formed that when the sigh and cry pass through them, it sounds like lovely music. And people flock around the poet and say: ‘Sing again soon’ - that is, ‘May new sufferings torment your soul but your lips be fashioned as before, for the cry would only frighten us, but the music, that is blissful.Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or (via larmoyante)
JOHN CAGE | SOME RULES FOR students AND teachers (via 7knotwind)
RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for awhile.
RULE TWO: General duties of a student - pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.
RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher - pull everything out of your students.
RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment.
RULE FIVE: be self-disciplined - this means finding someone wise or smart 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 SIX: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.
RULE SEVEN: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.
RULE EIGHT: Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.
RULE NINE: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.
RULE TEN: “We’re breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.” (John Cage)
HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything - it might come in handy later.
It’s OK not to be a genius, whatever that is, if there even is such a thing…the creative life may or may not be the apex of human civilization, but either way it’s not what I thought it was. It doesn’t make you special and sparkly. You don’t have to walk alone. You can work in an office — I’ve worked in offices for the past 15 years and written five novels while doing it. The creative life is forgiving: You can betray it all you want, again and again, and no matter how many times you do, it will always take you back.
Lev Grossman, "How Not to Write a Novel"
Really the only book I legit read on vacation was The Magician’s Land. It was the best of the three (all of which I love), but take that with a grain of salt because I always think whatever Magicians novel I last read is the best one. Which probably means they’re all equally as brilliant in three very distinct ways.(via annajarzab)
Flapper. Beatnick. Hippie. Hipster.
In her project “Counter // Culture,” 16-year-old photographer Annalisa Hartlaub captures all the mainstream and countercultural movements that have defined the last 10 decades. The results are a stirring series of portraits that bring life to a century of women, contextualizing how the friction of mainstream and counterculture defined progression.
this is dope
All over New York there are little glass boxes with hatchets inside that say ‘In Case of Emergency Break Glass,’” said Mr. Sellars, who lives in Los Angeles. “That’s the ‘Matthew Passion.’ It’s meant to be used in really extreme moments in your life. When you need to reach for something, the ‘Matthew Passion’ is there.Peter Sellars on the St. Matthew Passion of Bach
When you practice, start in the middle sometimes. Start in different spots, out of order. Always starting at the beginning of the piece can get you in a rut, making you less attentive. Then when you memorize the piece, you might only remember the beginning!John McCauley, piano instructor, 92Y School of Music (via 92y)
Peter Sellars, director of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s presentation of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, was awarded the prestigious Polar Music Prize earlier this year for his significant contributions to the world of music. In his acceptance speech from the ceremony in August, he spoke about the importance of music, explaining "music is what holds the world together.”
Magda Olivero, soprano, sings “Vissi d’arte” in a live recording from her 1975 debut. Ms. Olivero was born in 1910, which would mean that this is a recording of her at the age of 65. While Ms. Olivero made her professional debut at 22, it took an additional 43 years for the Met to decide to notice her. Just think that this woman debuted when Callas was 9 and Tebaldi was 10, Price was 5 and Sutherland was 6, Pavarotti hadn’t been conceived yet. She will be 104 in March. She was still singing well into her 80s.
Rest easy, Ms. Olivero. 25 March 1910 - 8 September 2014
She had a career that spanned almost 70 years, and bore witness to almost everything opera had to over in the 20th century.
from the NYTimes obit
Magda Olivero, an Italian soprano who for decades whipped audiences around the world into a frenzy of adulation that was operatic even by operatic standards — despite the fact that by her own ready admission she did not possess an especially lovely voice — died on Monday in Milan. She was 104.
and I think I want to see it again tomorrow…
What makes you think that elves are any more magical than something like a whale… You know what i mean? What if i tell you a story about how underneath the ocean there was this giant sea mammal that sang songs and it’s so big that it’s heart was the size of a car and you could crawl through the arteries? I mean, you’d think that’s pretty magical, right?Boyhood (2014)