Free Play is about the inner sources of spontaneous creation It is about where art in the widest sense comes from It is about why we create and what we learn when we do It is about the flow of unhindered creative energy the joy of making art in all its varied forms.Free Play is directed toward people in any field who want to contact, honor, and strengthen their own creative powers It integrates material from a wide variety of sources among the arts, sciences, and spiritual traditions of humanity 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.The whole enterprise of improvisation in life and art, of recovering free play and awakening creativity, is about being true to ourselves and our visions It brings us into direct, active contact with boundless creative energies that we may not even know we had....
|Title||:||Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art|
|Number of Pages||:||493 Pages|
|File Size||:||697 KB|
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Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art Reviews
I started reading this book about 2 weeks ago. I am an artist and have been wanting very much to change direction in my work. I have been longing to create work more intuitively and without the crutches (crutches for me) of realism. I devoured the first half and the words resonated deeply, but somewhere around the halfway point it began to lose it's hold. I felt as though I was suddenly struggling to understand it and at some points felt confused. There were points that seemed to conflict with one another and I began to feel sad. That kind of sadness you feel when you think you've just found a new friend, a real connection, only to find out there is something about it that simply wont work. And sad, because when this sort of thing happens it makes me question the worth and validity of the parts I loved!
Simply stated, this book is unlike any other I‘ve personally been privileged to read. I find myself revisiting it’s content frequently as I find my way along a creative path. This journey, my journey, has been further informed by the most sincere and insightful wisdom found within. The depth of my understanding of living a creative life continues to deepen with each opportunity to evaluate, resonate and assimilate what lays at it’s heart. Stephen Nachmanovitch has delivered, at least to this traveler, with sincere intentions and remarkable clarity, a way in to the creative pursuit, it’s transformative possibilities and the joys which can accompany a recognition of work and play as one in the same. Treat yourself to this book and read it... over and over again!
Since there are so many good reviews I chose begin with something slightly different so you could see the author's background.
This book had been lying on my shelf for a few years when I finally opened it and found some wonderful advice about how to approach improvisation and composition. Having been a serious musician for over 35 years, I am pretty confident in my abilities and suffer very little anxiety when I know I will have to improvise for a crowd of people. The one thing that I have noticed--and this book addresses, is that the daily grind, the endless tasks of survival, and just the passing of time can have a negative affect on that part of me from which improvisation originates.