“There is no beginning. Start where you arrive.”
–Auguste Rodin (Cathedrals of France, p. 9)
Do you want to do more with your music but lack clarity about where to start?
Maybe waiting for clarity isn’t the way to go.
Maybe the antidote to creative ruts is to do what artist Auguste Rodin advises and just start:
Start Where You Arrive
“Where shall we begin?
There is no beginning. Start where you arrive. Stop before what first entices you. And work! You will enter little by little into the entirety. Method will be born in proportion to your interest; elements which your attention at first separates in order to analyze them will unite to compose the whole.
In the calm exile of work, we first learn patience, which in turn teaches energy, and energy gives us eternal youth made of self-collectedness and enthusiasm.”*
© 2015 Gerald Klickstein
Drawing © Furtseff, licensed from Shutterstock.com
*Auguste Rodin, Cathedrals of France,
(trans. Elisabeth C. Geissbuhler, Black Swan Books, 1981), p. 9-10.