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And it is great to see those things, and they are inspiring. Improvisation in Life and Artby Stephen Nachmanovich.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. And there is this kind of interesting glow. I’ve read it four times at different points in my life and each time I find something new and awesome.

This is on a continuum. If you call it gibberish, that makes it sound kind of silly, and easy and baby-like, which is really good because is the place where everybody can meet. Mar 02, Beth Bacon rated it it was amazing Shelves: Why is it so important to recover our pplay child, and the attitude of playing in our life situations?

That was really good, I am going to do that again! All this things are completely normal, there is nothing about it that is unusual or strange. Following the leads, so that every questions leads you naturally to another question, to another question, to nachmanovitvh question.

This book is wonderful. That is a piece. Filled with unusual quotes, amusing and illuminating anecdotes, and original metaphors, it reveals how inspiration arises within us, how that inspiration may be blocked, derailed or obscured by certain unavoidable facts of life, and how finally it can be liberated – how we can be liberated – to speak or sing, write or paint, dance or play, with our own authentic voice. And pushing that range. Nov 22, Anna Granberg rated it really liked it.


There is a system of schools that started in Italy, but has spread around in many places, called Reggio Emilia. I’ve reread it several times, and referred to it often. So, whatever you are looking at can become a field of interest.

They were much better musicians that I am.

I can’t be reminded of it enough. That was important for me.

It has also helped me design my garden, decorate my house, find my way through I have several guidebooks for living and this is one of my most precious. Which are the benefits to consciously practicing improvisation? And you practice or prepare by improvising. This book ruminates on the nature of creative genius and proposes that we all have genius in us, if nzchmanovitch just transcend rational selfhood, express nachmamovitch unbounded expression, and translate it back out through practiced craft.

A fine little book that I suspect I will come back to time and time again.

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The person who cut the tree had his or her own life history, which is part of this table, and somebody planed the wood into boards and made the table. If you have a lot of things that you can do in movement, with respect to your instrument, or with your voice or whatever your art form is, then you can adjust. Now I occasionally feel the creative impulse come back to me after, say, visiting nnachmanovitch museum, but I’m far from the book’s appealing ideal of treating life as clay with which to shape art.

But this was not the main thing that bothered me.

Book Review: “Free Play,” by Stephen Nachmanovich

That The right dree at the right time saves lives. I strongly believe that improvisation benefits practice. He had the image of Mozart, like the young brilliant prodigy who was going around Europe playing for all the kings and queens, and bringing money in for the family.

So you feel something, you adjust yourself, and now you plah better. And in my early twenties I ended up with a person who became my lifetime teacher, who died when I was thirty: Somebody cut the tree.

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Man do I love this book. In that way you discover an enormous variety of responses. Email required Address never made public. The author is an expert in nachmanovitcn 85 million different fields, and it helps him write a truly interdisciplinary book that will have some relevance to just about anyone.

I talked about that metaphor of sitting in a chair and adjusting your body, that everyone can do. A lot of things rang true with nachmanpvitch I have come to believe about creativity and my own process. Apr 13, Flissy rated it really liked it Shelves: The book ends with a celebration of the difficulty of the process and the joy of knowing that through struggle with issues and with ourselves, we can achieve breakthroughs that take us to a higher level of understanding and humanity.

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You talked frwe about mistakes. It was missing structural guidelines such as transition paragraphs, or a general outline in the beginning. This is the strongest section of the book, in my opinion and includes an eponymous chapter on practice. Practicing improvisation is just making little changes, to keep adjusting -as when you wiggle your back around and wiggle your head around and become balanced sitting in a chair or playing your instrument.

The concept that life is improvisation is very liberating, but it also is a challenge – it gives you a sense of agency and creative license – but maybe a sense of responsibility too, in a lovely way. How do you train in that? This is an interesting read on creativity and improvisation to come back to.

Overall I found the read to reflect my own experience. This will truly unlock the child-like creativity in all of us: It is always a source of inspiration.