Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more. Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America. Andrew Yang. Free Play doesn’t deal directly with music practice, but it is nevertheless an important book for anyone interested in music (or other arts, or life).

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A lot of things rang true with what I have come to believe about creativity and my own process. So, when you are pursuing it consciously you are becoming aware of it.

This book is wonderful. That is so boring. But that is actually even true the other way around.

So, I read this adopting two standpoints: The chapter Playing Together is really about improvising together, and is also worthwhile. Overall I found the read to reflect my own experience.

Message with a broader relevance? Did not nachmanovtich interesting until the middle, where there were some concrete suggestions on how to play around with limits, the interplay between creativity and judgement.

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Views Read Edit View history. Now I occasionally feel the creative impulse come back to me after, say, visiting a museum, but I’m far from the book’s appealing ideal of treating life as clay with which to shape art.

There were so many influences that came together in my life. This is exactly what we do when we set out on the adventure of loving another human being. This is a powerful book, the kind nachmanovith book that requires more than a single reading.


But if you are going to give a speech tomorrow, maybe you want to sit down and write a lot of notes. Trivia About Free Play: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Sometimes working on a long project, the task just seems monstrous–like trying to build a gothic cathedral all by yourself.

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The great lovers, the great world reformers and peacemakers, are those who have passed beyond their individual ego demands and are able to hear the cries of the world. So, they are there in nachmanovitchh terrible place, but there is some moment when the sunlight shines on the corner of a barbed wire, or on the mud, or something like that.

And then, the third improvisations that they did was kind of off, they were not really listening to each other, and you could see the guilt on their faces, like they had made a mistake. Jan 12, Luisa Asiul rated it it was amazing Shelves: Because forgetting leaves room for something new. Free Play is directed toward people in any field who want to contact, honor, and strengthen their own cr. Practicing improvisation is just making little changes, to keep adjusting -as when you wiggle your back around and wiggle your head around and become balanced sitting in a chair or playing your instrument.

So there is a way in which seeing art, even passively like that, is a participatory act. For example, he writes, “The most frustrating, agonizing part of creative work, and the one we grapple with every day in practice, is our encounter with the gap between what we feel and what we can express.


Feb 03, Nottyboy rated it liked it. Jul 30, Samantha rated it it was amazing. But if we leave our imp or improviser out of the process, re-vision becomes impossible. You can make these subtle movements and adjust your back.

All he had to do was instead write, “In my opinion, Beethoven’s worst piece was If you have a lot of things that you can do in movement, with respect to your instrument, or with your voice or whatever your art form is, then you can adjust.

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This book is a reminder, for a writer in long form, that it’s not stone on stone, a heavy, exhausting thing. And it is great to see those things, and they are inspiring. Because it is actually important to prepare.

Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art

This is an interesting read on creativity and improvisation to come back to. When I mentioned to the friend who let me borrow this book “it’s meant to be passed around” that this was the author’s only published book, he shrugged and riffed, “he said it all”.

Genius and compassion signify a transcendent, painstaking thoroughness and attention to detail–taking the trouble to take care of our body and mind and everyone else’s body and mind. And people can see it and know what they have seen.