Thursday, January 30, 2014

"Learn By Practice"

The title for today's post is actually a quote I swiped from Martha Graham, often referred to as the "Picasso of Dance." She is remembered for many brilliant quotes regarding Life and Creativity, as well as Dance.

"Think of the magic of that foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It's a miracle, and the dance is a celebration of that miracle."

"We learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. One becomes in some area an athlete of God."

This seemed like a perfect segue to this video of a young man who practiced for a year to learn to dance ...

I have quoted the following many times in the past, but only today did I learn it’s origin. In 1943, Agnes de Mille and Martha Graham were in Schrafft’s having a soda … De Mille recounts that she said to Graham “I confessed that I had a burning desire to be excellent, but no faith that I could be.”

This was Graham’s reply …

"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action … and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.

And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.

It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.

You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."

Thanks for the read ... let me know what you think ...


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