Last week has brought change into my life and as usual the change made me reflect on all aspects of it. I would like to share some of my thoughts that are keeping me up at night...
One of the things that I have been thinking about and am still milling over is the way I work creatively- or lately the lack of it.
At the Classical Concert on Thursday we were listening to one of Haydn's Symphonies. And that sparked a new thought. Haydn worked everyday on his music- well it was his job. He worked clear hours and was employed to compose a certain amount of symphonies every year.Doing so he produced over 60 symphonies far more than many other musician of his time. Hemingway worked all his life as a writer and had a routine which he religiously followed (when it came to his writing). He spent everyday a certain amount of time writing. I love the work of both, but also feel that sometimes it lacks the madness and power of a piece that was produced because of inspiration.
On the other hand there is Beethoven, who wrote only when he was inspired. But then he wouldn't or couldn't stop until it was finished.His inspiration took over his entire being and he became the music and only by writing it would he be freed from it. An amazing but also painful process at times. His work is so complex and at times borders at the insane- its genius. He also only ever written nine symphonies. And when he couldn't write, he was in utterly unhappy.
I (which you might have noticed due to the lack of jewellery production in last 3months) follow the latter pattern. I have been reflecting on the reasons why I do so. After stripping away a thousand dishonest reasons and even more excuses, I am left a bit baffled. I discovered that I love working while being completely obsessed and also feel like I would cheat if I would just work for the sake of production...Looking at those two amazing men, I have to convince myself that I am wrong.
But is there only Black and White? Is there a middle path?
Thinking about it I could only think of Collette who followed both systems- and I wish I could ask her what her thoughts to this would be!
I guess the solution is something in the middle. Now I am pondering over how to achieve that.
What do you think?
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