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Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists by Kay Larson
Where the Heart Beats: John Cage, Zen Buddhism, and the Inner Life of Artists

jrrydcksn, January 1, 2013

Cage was born curious and that trait enabled him to pursue and question the stuff in the furthermost reaches of his mind. His curiosity also enabled him to be open to relationships and that made him more receptive to understanding stimuli. It gets to the point where he sees the extraordinary in the ordinary and knows both simultaneously while dropping the ego and understanding the world does not exist apart from the self. Sounds are music, silence is music. The author, Kay Larson, quotes Cage's Zen mentor, Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, "Each individual reality, besides being itself, reflects in it something of the universal, and at the same time it is itself because of other individuals." p.246
This book vitalizes. It opens you up to think possibilities regardless of history or conditions. And, as a residual, the author helps you understand Cage's music and art and the time in which he lived.
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