October 31st, 2000

From the book Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art by Stephen Nachmanovitch.

"For art to appear, we have to disappear."

In other words, get rid of the ego. It only serves to damage.

Never try to impress. It inhibits your creative tap. Be brave and just play.

There can't be any cowardice in music. You have to let yourself go and expose that sensitive part of your inner self. Stop being self-conscious.

"Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps of subconsciousness - I wouldn't know. But I am sure that it is the antithesis of self-consciousness."
-Aaron Copland



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