Why do we pigeonhole and label an artist? It is a sure way of missing the important, the contradictory, the things that make him or her unique.
There is another interesting paradox here: by immersing ourselves in what we love, we find ourselves. We do not lose ourselves. One does not lose one's identity by falling in love.
That is why the analogy of stealing does not work. With a thief, we want to know how much money he stole, and from whom. With the artist it is not how much he took and from whom, but what he did with it.
Great music does not just make me feel good. It means something. It makes us understand. It makes us happy.
Most people think an artist tries to be original, but originality is the last thing that develops in the artist.
In the nineteenth century the more grandiose word inspiration began to replace the word idea in the arts.
Personality is essential. It is in every work of art. When someone walks on stage for a performance and has charisma, everyone is convinced that he has personality. I find that charisma is merely a form of showmanship. Movie stars usually have it. A politician has to have it.
If one uses music that one does not really love, then one will not succeed in making it one's own.
It is obvious that anything a scientist discovers or invents is based on previous discoveries and inventions. The same applies to the arts.
Yes, influences are enriching, and they can be found in every work of art, even the most original.
Mozart wrote so many works in his thirty-five years that it would take a lifetime just to write out the notes. We literally do not know how he did it.
The best way to investigate the elusive phenomenon called the creative process may well be to target all the misconceptions, to explain what the creative process is not.
Since age seven, I've been composing and have never stopped composing, yet, the creative process is as elusive to me as it has ever been.
I strongly suggest that we play down basics like who influenced whom, and instead study the way the influence is transformed, in other words: how the artist made it his own.
The creative act is like writing a letter. A letter is a project; you don't sit down to write a letter unless you know what you want to say and to whom you want to say it.
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