Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art (Google eBook)

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Penguin, May 1, 1991 - Religion - 224 pages
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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.


  

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I read this book over a period of several months, so my experience of it was discontinuous. As I work actively on tapping into my creativity and learning to improvise on the piano, many things ... Read full review

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Excellent read on creativity! Read full review

Contents

A New Flute
1
Introduction
4
The Sources
15
Inspiration and Times Flow
17
The Vehicle
25
The Stream
31
The Muse
36
Mind at Play
42
Form Unfolding
102
Obstacles and Openings
113
Childhoods End
115
Vicious Circles
126
The Judging Spectre
133
Surrender
140
Patience
147
Ripening
152

Disappearing
51
The Work
57
Sex and Violins
59
Practice
66
The Power of Limits
78
The Power of Mistakes
88
Playing Together
94
The Fruits
161
Eros and Creation
163
Quality
170
Art for Lifes Sake
181
Heartbreakthrough
191
Copyright

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About the author (1991)

Stephen Nachmanovitch is a musician, author, computer artist, and educator. He is an improvisational violinist, and writes and teaches about improvisation, creativity, and systems approaches in many fields of activity

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