Purposeless Play/John Cage

John Cage, the composer, asked himself the question – why compose music?   I liked his answer and think it is a good explanation of why we are creative, whether painting, composing, writing or anything else. 

“Music is purposeless play.  An affirmation of life, not an attempt to bring order out of chaos, or to suggest improvements in creation, but simply a way of waking up to the very life we’re living.”

Here is another quote from Cage that I heard many years ago and liked:

“I don’t know why people are afraid of new ideas.  I’m afraid of the old ones.”


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