Priming The Pump of Inspiration
© 2007 - 2009 Richard J. Chandler Saint Cloud, MN
Just as appetite comes from eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning.”
- Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)
With this jewel of wisdom, Stravinsky shares one of the most pragmatic ways for all of us to get a whole lot more done in our lives. While we might hope that the inspiration to do our work would descend upon us Pump of Inspiration Continued
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Opening Up the Music by Listening
Within the Space Between the Notes
Commentary © 2007 - 2009 Richard J. Chandler
“The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes – ah, that is where the art resides!”
- Arthur Schnabel (1882-1951)
I resonate with this quote because, for me, the most engaging way to listen to music is by reverberating within the space between the notes, as if I am the body of a musical instrument. Space Between the Notes Article Continued Here
Frank Zappa Inspired Article
Frank Zappa's Example - Inspiration For Living A Highly
Life or It's Hard To Believe This Is What Abraham Maslow Had In Mind For His Highest Tier of Human Development... Self-Actualization
“Most rock journalism is people who can’t write interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read.”
“All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.”
- Frank Zappa (1940-1993)
For me, the story of Frank Zappa’s life is fascinating. The incredible quantity of original work he created, drawn from his own unique understanding of music, and his original vision is deeply inspiring.
My admiration is not based so much on my love for his music. It is rather his approach of reaching inside himself and then manifesting it. He was so confident in his creations that he put together a business model to put them out into the world rather than relying on others to sanctify him and endorse his work.
This proved to be highly profitable for Frank Zappa. Because his economic wellbeing was not so reliant on others, he didn’t need to be so concerned about only creating works that he knew would sell well. Instead he focused on creating in mediums that interested him. Here is a link to a short biography of Frank Zappa where you can also discover why I am so inspired by his life.