2014 Self Portrait (score for 24 piece orchestra)
Great Quotes by John Cage

When you start working, everybody is in your studio- the past, your friends, enemies, the art world, and above all, your own ideas- all are there. But as you continue painting, they start leaving, one by one, and you are left completely alone. Then, if you are lucky, even you leave.

There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.

When we separate music from life we get art.

Every something is an echo of nothing

Our business in living is to become fluent with the life we are living, and art can help this.

What is the purpose of writing music? One is, of course, not dealing with purposes but dealing with sounds. Or the answer must take the form of a paradox: a purposeful purposeless or a purposeless play. This play, however, is an affirmation of life--not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply a way of waking up to the very life we’re living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and one’s desires out of its way and lets it act of its own accord.

Art is sort of an experimental station in which one tries out living

I want my writing to be as clear as water I can see through so that what I experienced is told without my being in any way in the way.

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