Quoting John Cage II.

June 25, 2009

posted by caroline picard

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When a composer feels a responsibility to make, rather than accept, he eliminates from the area of possibility all those events that do not suggest this at that point in time vogue for profundity. For he takes himself seriously, wishes to be considered great, and he thereby diminishes his love and increases his fear and concern about what people will think. There are many serious problems confronting such an individual. He must do it better, more impressively, more beautifully, etc. than anybody else. And what, precisely, does this, this beautifully profound object, this masterpiece, have to do with Life? It has this to do with Life: that is it separate from it. Now we see it and now we don’t. When we see it we feel better, and when we are away from it, we don’t feel so good.

John Cage

(published in 1959, written in 1952)

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