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On Bach and Scales: Passion or Purpose?

The Quote “One does not play Bach without having done scales. But neither does one play a scale merely for the sake of the scale.” -Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace The Question Is this quote about purpose, or about passion? If it’s about purpose, I think Weil is saying both that art cannot be created without practice, and that the practice itself deepens the art. If it’s about... read more

Quote/Discussion: Do Our Choices Make Us Who We Are?

“We all create the person we become by our choices as we go through life.” -Eleanor Roosevelt Do you think that’s true? Do our choices shape the person we become, or does the person we already are dictate our choices? Does it work from the outside in, or the inside out? I’m not sure, myself. Who we are dictates what we do. But it takes a lifetime to truly know ourselves well, and... read more

Quick-Quotes Friday #3: Wilde

Oscar Wilde: no other writer is capable of putting so much humor and poignancy into a single, simple sentence. Here are some of my favorites: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” True. There is no one on earth who is exactly like you. “Never love anyone who treats you like you’re ordinary.” We should all be special in our loved ones’ eyes. This, I think, is... read more

Quick Quotes Friday: Capote

“Be anything but a coward, a pretender, an emotional crook, a whore: I’d rather have cancer than a dishonest heart.” -Truman Capote I chose this quote for three reasons: one, I love the phrase dishonest heart; two, this quote is punctuated brilliantly; and three, it contains a cancer reference, my personal trigger. Let’s take each of those separately. What is a dishonest heart? Capote... read more

Quick-Quote Friday: Emerson

As promised, I’m shaking things up on the creativity front. Today’s post will be the first in a series for September (yes, a series within a series). Every Friday, I’ll post an inspirational quote that I find intriguing, followed by my brief thoughts about the quote: how I interpret it, whether I agree or disagree with its assertions, deeper thinking on the subject, etc. I’m... read more