Monday, January 21, 2008

More Nietzsche

"What someone is, begins to be revealed when his talent abates, when he stops showing us what he can do."

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

This is certainly true of music - and probably of writing and the visual arts as well. Technique is necessary, but it can be too self-conscious or self-indulgent, often an obstacle to free expression rather than a facilitator of it.

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