Monthly Archives March 2011

Illumination

“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.” - Pablo Picasso Artists of all types are on a constant search for clues to help unlock the stories they want to tell, whether it be through music, pigment, or the written word. Here’s an excerpt from Sherill Tippins’ February House, in which the young American author Carson McCullers experiences her big moment of illumination: “Hard as
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Leonard Revisited

“Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin Dance me through the panic ’til I’m gathered safely in Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove Dance me to the end of love “ - Leonard Cohen With such a lot happening this week, I’ve not got the brains or the time to put together a fresh blog. Here’s one from the archive,
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March Music

“Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth.” - Ludwig van Beethoven It’s not as though all I do is struggle with my new hard drive, dust off my note-taking skills, and try to cough up the odd new story, although there’s been plenty of that in recent weeks. It’s been a musically gratifying month in many ways, too. Having recently crossed the great divide
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Imagination and the Good Life

“To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage.” - Georgia O’Keefe I was privileged to attend a lecture given by the Canadian philosopher and poet Jan Zwicky, whose poetry I’ve long admired, and whose collection Songs for Relinquishing the Earth has graced my bookshelf for years. Zwicky is also a violinist, and has written extensively and perceptively on the experience of musicians, for example”Open Strings,” in
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Hard Drive

“I find that most people know what a story is until they sit down to write one.” - Flannery O’Connor I wrote a little story, proofread and revised it. Affixed a header, centred, and page numbers, top right, beginning on page two. If only it were that simple. Compared to the latter, the former was a breeze. You’d think the writing, proofreading and revision would take longer
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Inspiration

“When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret… Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things inluding the fear of childishness.” - C.S. Lewis I’m finding inspiration in all corners of my life, from the lightness of Vivaldi to the sight of Little Neighbours whirling and twirling around a dance floor; the kindness of beloveds, the
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