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[Dec. 12th, 2008|02:11 am]
By all accounts, we really should have died
Writers do not write what they want, they write what they can. When I was 21 I wanted to write like Kafka. But, unfortunately for me, I wrote like a script editor for The Simpsons who'd briefly joined a religious cult and then discovered Foucault. Such is life.
-Zadie Smith
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[User Picture]From: cosmikumquat
2008-12-14 04:03 pm (UTC)
yeah, that's very true. we had to write style studies in advanced music theory... then when i tried to find my own style, compose some abigail-pieces, i simply couldn't. i tried and tried, but i kept composing in the style of chopin or rachmaninoff or debussy. whereas with writing, it takes a very conscious effort to write in the style of someone else. i feel like it goes a step beyond pedagogy... it might be that language is learned at a younger age than music. maybe?
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[User Picture]From: sympathyxo
2008-12-16 02:40 am (UTC)
Or because everyone uses language to some degree, so you sort of inevitably develop a "voice", whereas not everyone has any musical style at all?
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