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Silence by John Cage
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Nov 16, 09

Read in November, 2009, read count: 2

Cage is a great sage of music and life. Reading him is always an inspiration, and excellent advice on how to survive on the subway.
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John Cage
“What is the purpose of writing music? One is, of course, not dealing with purposes but dealing with sounds. Or the answer must take the form of a paradox: a purposeful purposeless or a purposeless play. This play, however, is an affirmation of life--not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply a way of waking up to the very life we’re living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and one’s desires out of its way and lets it act of its own accord.”
John Cage, Silence: Lectures and Writings
tags: music, zen


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message 1: by Anne (new)

Anne A composer / philosopher / author with always fresh insights...and I've always wondered what kind of fiction he might have written. I like thinking of you on the subway with Silence!


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