September 18th, 2000

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

"Spontaneous creation comes from our deepest being and is immaculately and originally ourselves. What we have to express is already with us, is us, so the work of creativity is not a matter of making the material come, but of unblocking the obstacles to its natural flow."

"Knowledge of the creative process cannot substitute for creativity, but it can save us from giving up on creativity when the challenges seem to intimidating and free play seems blocked"

My interpretation:

You can't just learn all of your scales, chords, and your own "bag of tricks" and expect to improvise to the full extent of your creativity. Those are merely tools to help you facilitate what you want to play, what you want to say, what yearns to escape and allow you to truly express yourself. Without letting go of your obstacles and barriers you'll never really express your very being, never feel that sense of complete detoxification and purity.



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