“No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life.” – Mr. Nietzche
“To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.” – E.E. Cummings
“Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” – Oscar Wilde
- I love Beethoven’s Late Quartets (the music of the future) which he was able to write due to his superhuman vitality and daily routine.
- We know How Reading Rewires Your Brain for More Intelligence and Empathy, but did you know that studies show listening to poemsactivates a unique neurological response different from listening to music or watching films?
- And yes, here’s a poem by Charles Simic I recorded just to test this: “My Noiseless Entourage.” Ok, not really, but you can listen to the Simic poem and the watch the video poem “Western Civilization” to test your own response.
- I’m inspired by E.E. Cummings encouragement to be myself. He also may have identified what is that “neurological response unique to poetry” when he wrote: “A lot of people think or believe or know they feel — but that’s thinking or believing or knowing; not feeling. And poetry is feeling — not knowing or believing or thinking.” Maybe the test mentioned above was measuring feeling?
It’s cool and fall now so this edition ended up heavy on the poetry and music because…it’s cool and fall.
But, last week was crush in southwest Idaho and that means it’s red wine season. So, pour yourself a glass of red wine and sit back and enjoy the Beethoven Late Quartets or listening to some poems. Or just delete this email and enjoy the red wine. But only after your midday walk a la Beethoven.
Oh, and, it’s my partner Jennifer’s birthday today. She’s the most original person I know. This edition is dedicated to her distinct and beautiful way of being.
Good luck being yourself. See you in two weeks.