All great art is a form of complaint. - John Cage

Most anarchists are gentle people.
-Anna Zilboorg

Monday, July 4, 2011


John Cage writes of meditation as the lack of intention.  Here are some sayings of his that help to orient me to the act of making, of taking in and putting out, of flow:

"If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all."

"There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot."

"Which is more musical: a truck passing by a factory or a truck passing by a music school?" 

"All great art is a form of complaint." 

"I am trying to be unfamiliar with what I'm doing."  

1 comment:

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

I'm not really sure what to say (I can't think of anything profound) but it's nice to stop & think & ponder.