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Wednesday 23 January 2013

The Artist Must be Free - or:
The Practise of Practice

Two years into the piano
and not much further on
I take up violin -- and
what a difference!It sings!
My instrument, no doubt!
A maestro in the making,
I am sure of it -- that is
until my teacher, saintly,
white haired, gentle, kind
and ancient Janet Lawson,
terminates the lessons on
hearing that I practice it 
in bed. does she not know
art can't be bound by rules?

She's still will teach me
the piano, though... happy
in the thought, no doubt
that given its great size
and weight, there's little
chance that I'll be tempted
back to my Bohemian ways...

A little belatedly submitted to Poetry Jam's prompt Breaking all the Rules


Tabor said...

Bad habits...versus good art. An never ending battle.

kelvin s.m. said...

...but, oh, the greatest teacher is naught but ourselves...and this...yes this is our school... the world we live in... art has no limits...it can't be bound to a single rule... Like what i said in my latest poem: 'art is a perpetual plague'...you can't resist from it...and i thouroughly believed all that lives by nature are artistic or at least a piece of art with different qualities of beauty possessed... smiles...

Ygraine said...

Wonderfully amusing tale Dave.
Can't shake the 'what if...' vision though.
Keep seeing you in bed with a piano!!!

Mary said...

Ha, Dave....if you could play the violin in bed you definitely were a TRUE artist and should have been encouraged to continue to play!

Mary said...

The new prompt this week at Poetry Jam is Breaking Rules. You might consider linking this!

Leovi said...

I do not consider myself an artist, but my approach to art I should feel free (artistically speaking, yes also I feel free with life and everything around me then it's the "Summum")

Anonymous said...

Ha! I hope you continued, much fun. K.

Brian Miller said...

art cant be bound....i like that...whats wrong with practicing in bed...hehe...

Raj said...

hah. one good habbit replaces another. who had heard of that?

JANU said...

Art cannot be bound by rules...true. My son wants to become a professional without practicing!

The Weaver of Grass said...

I am practising the two most difficult Schubert Impromptu at present Dave - I can't go out because of the weather and by golly it is giving me something to think about.

Janine Bollée said...

What fun for a dreary snowy midweek day.
I'm getting my esses and cees in a twist with all that music.
Electric keyboard maybe?

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

I am a musician by trade--and I really loved this!!!

Helen said...

... practice makes perfect, no matter the instrument.

I solved all the logistic problems, flutes go anywhere.

Peggy said...

Loved this! So what if it only sang in bed! I vote for the violin.

haricot said...

You met a maestro and had happy time to learn music, though it makes me smile to imagine that you practice violin in your bed.

Dave King said...

I know... and I still don't see why they cannot co-exist!

You are so right. Especially with:-

all that lives by nature are artistic or at least a piece of art with different qualities of beauty possessed.

Ah, in bed with the piano, eh? The tragedy is, these days I could have had a keyboard!

Exactly what I thought! Some people are so hide bound!

have put two up at Poetry Jam - and broken a rule ot two in doing so!

That'll do for me!

Not with the violin I didn't, alas. With the piano, though.

I didn't see anything wrong with it

I became quite infamous locally as a result - it's the English Puritan tradition, doncha know!

Well, good luck to him -- professional what? Thanks for visiting

The Weaver of Grass
I can imagine -- but I have to say, I envy you.

Damn! You thought of it first. I thought I had!

Hi and a warm welcome to you. Really good to hear from you and to know you've visited.

Thanks Helen, but in my case practice didn't make perfect -- or anything like!

Good to know I would have had so much support - if only there'd been an Internet back then!

I'll happily settle for a smile. Thanks for saying.

Panchali said...

Oh, I hope yo continued...music is a never ending passion for me.

my heart's love songs said...

what's wrong with playing violin in bed? playing piano in bed, maybe.

enjoyed this!