Today I saw a link on my Facebook page to the wonderful Rules of John Cage. Thanks to who ever posted and re-posted and re-posted and to Merce Cunningham who had it on his wall. I attended Cornish School for a brief but powerful two years in the early seventies, when Cage’s influence could still be felt. Reading Silence in the school library changed my life forever. Today I am reading these rules and laughing, and also wondering if I truly agree with Rule 8. When I compose a “page” it seems to me analyzing and creating are simultaneous. Or tandem, or perhaps a relay race where you hand the baton back and forth.
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