Thursday, March 28, 2002

After a couple months of starting and stopping, I finally finished The Muse that Sings over Spring Break. The book itself isn't so long; I just wanted to read it slowly to absorb everything. The book is a collection of interviews rewritten in prose form, from a wide assortment of living composers on their creative process and thoughts about composition. From its forty dollar price tag, you can tell that it's a niche market affair, and non-composers probably will not appreciate it as much as composers.

I found the book to be very interesting, if not informative. Most of the process ideas presented are so personal that it would be worthless to attempt to mimic them, but it's inspiring to see how other people approach the composition process. Ultimately, most of the book's value lies in its use as a catalyst for composition -- after reading a chapter at random, I am more likely to sit down and compose. If you are a composer who sometimes struggles to begin a composing session, or a non-composer with a high tolerance for people who talk too much about themselves, this would be a great book to read.

The Movie Night selection this week was Snatch, but really could have been called Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels Part II. It was a good movie, but essentially reprised the plot of the older movie with more well-known actors (they were even written by the same fellow). The accents were much more unintelligible in this one as well.

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