In this post, Richard Brody quotes a profound and intimidating passage from the autobigraphy of the pianist Hampton Hawes:
Everything you do is important and connected with everything else whether you’re playing piano, harp at St. Peter’s gate, or checkers in the park. The way you get up in the morning, smell the leaves, have your juice or something funny like a jelly sandwich and a malt, scratch a dog’s head and say hello to some kids, drive your car, go to the can, feel the sun—that’s where imagination and soul come from.
Quarterly Conversation Issue 50
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