Photo: Guy Le Querrec (1965)
Well, I completed the 50,000 word goal for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), so I will be around again. It was an interesting and worthwhile excursion, regardless of whether I someday actually wrestle a finished work from those 50,000. One of the tidbits I encountered during the process was the following quote from the jazz pianist Bill Evans regarding the difficulties faced in his development as an artist and the rewards of those difficulties that I kept in mind as I slogged through the writing exercise:
I always like people who have developed long and hard,
especially through introspection and a lot of dedication.
I think what they arrive at is usually…deeper
and more beautiful…
than the person who seems to have that ability
and fluidity from the beginning.
I say this because it’s a good message
to give to young talents
who feel as I used to.
You hear musicians playing with great fluidity
and complete conception early on,
and you don’t have that ability.
I had to know what I was doing.
And yes ultimately
it turned out that those people
weren’t able to carry their thing very far.
I found myself being more attracted to artists
who have developed through the years
and become better
from the website All About Jazz
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