Tuesday, January 31, 2012

But I really learned from writing: Quote of the Week

Note: Might be silly to call this a “quote of the week” given that it’s been years since I posted one but… oh well.

Heard this this morning on NPR from an interview with the composer Philip Glass:

What this amount of music has done for me is taught me how to write music. Oh, I had great teachers. Boulanger was one. Another was Ravi Shankar. And I went through the Juilliard process, and that was good, too. But I really learned from writing, which is how painters learn to paint, and writers learn to write, and how even dancers learn to dance. In a way, that's true. But what was the value of being so prolific? It's how I learned my trade.

Philip Glass from Philip Glass At 75: Listening With Heart, Not Intellect

What I heard in there is "But I really learned from writing, which is how painters learn to paint, and writers learn to write, and how even coders learn to code."

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