Sunday, September 29, 2013

I am probably turning senile, but I'm beginning to think my advanced age is not an age, but a dimension.
Take writing and music. In the same dimension? Well, maybe in the same family, for I seem a crashing bore, though enthusiastic, at both writing and music. Suddenly it seems, at 70+, that the music is taking me over.
It became clear to me at the hysterically young age of seventy-three that I may have been wrong in killing myself at writing these past fifty years. (The financial reward was paltry while it seems at music, you not only get a sort of instant gratification, but more often than not, somebody at least will supply the beer); seems that with writing, you are to one buying the beer, for agents and prospective publishers. With music, more often than not, you'll get a beer sent to both you and your companion if a performance was particularly good.
 
It has struck me that I may have been losing at writing of half a century, while music seems easy, and somehow helps your soul to catch up with your body after all that sin and muddlement.
That or it's just some death angel, possibly from Dixie, and though I try to be John Prine in my music, It is just an imitation of that musical tiger.
 
So where is your own song, old Ivan?
Hopefully, it's in my novels, but it seems lately that if you blow on the words, they just seem to fade away.

22 comments:

PhilipH said...

I'd suggest using the 'FI' approach to anything or anybody where nothing seems to work, or is in the slightest bit worthwhile.

The FI principle is simplicity in the extreme and it never fails.

Just say F... It or, less emphatic, Forget It.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Hi Phil.

Well,I'm hardly the caliber of Franz Kafka (though there are all kinds of fuzzy-eared types in Toronto who think they are Kafka), but that poor genius published nothing at all in the course of his life and in fact ordered all his work destroyed.
Upon Kafka's death Max Brod, Kafka's agent, did not burn K's manuscripts as ordered, but instead published them. The rest is history.
Heh-heh. I should now make a brilliant career move and die?
:)

Charles Gramlich said...

My problem was that I had zero musical talent. Low enough writing talent but far higher than for music.

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Charles,

I read somewhere that the writer has a harp, sort of, which never sounds.
You hear the music through the actual reading. That's where it plays.
...Not too sure if I can put a Q.E.D. on that. :)

Cheers

Mona said...

The harp is there... and while reading you'll realize that you never heard such silence.

QED is doubtful,as time and culture 'horizons' of the reader produce a different music to each note given...

they say, there no innocent reader...

ivan said...

I keep hearkening to old Willie S.:

What was often thought, but ne'er so well expressed?

Mona said...

True wit is nature to advantage dressed/what oft was thought but never so well expressed.

Pope said that and I see everyone attributing it to William S. Wonder why...

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Mona,

I am having a hell of a time entering my own comment space.Durn stupid verification.
.........

I have once again become a lounge singer and am afraid the two synergies are not getting along too well. Oh-oh. Better singer than writer? Maybe Philip H (above) is right.

Take care

Mona said...

Yea, I notice that your captcha is indeed craptaculous.

Yea, The rhythmic incantation of music are inversely proportional to the raw energies of colloquial narrative.

The approximation that you face between the two is no doubt resulting in the 'drama' that you feel :D

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Thanks, Mona.

Ah, I wish I had a PhD.

But over here, it's more like Plumbing, Heating and Drains. :)

(or brains?)
The duology:

"I am schizophrenic, and
so am I." :)

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