Thought for the day

I finished writing the slow mvt of my new quartet today. Very excited and relieved to reach the double bar.

The restorative power of reconnecting with one’s creativity, however massive or meagre it may be, always astonishes me. It’s sad that too often, we drive people to set aside their creative gifts on the grounds that their are more important things to be done, there’s no market for their work, or there are greater talents about. Everyone has the right to create. Everyone has the right to find space in their life to create.

Fellow Earthlings- go forth and write your poems, paint your pictures, play your blues and work out your fugues! And when you’re done, take a second to check out that which your child, your friend, your spouse or your neighbor has been creating in the meantime. If we all did these things more often, life would be richer, our tread would be lighter and smiles would be easier to come by.

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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1 comment on “Thought for the day”

  1. Michael Monroe

    Appreciated this – especially as my 8-yr old daughter just asked me to read her the first three lengthy chapters of the book-in-progress she’s writing about a little girl who really wants a pony. It was nice to be reminded that I should treasure such moments…although I’m still probably not buying a pony.

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