June 14, 2012

The only rule is work





Merce Cunningham Studio 55 Bethune Street NYC 10014

10 RULES FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

FROM JOHN CAGE

Rule 1:  Find a place you trust, and then, try trusting it for while. 
Rule 2:  (General Duties as a Student)
              Pull everything out of your teacher. 
              Pull everything of your fellow students.
Rule 3:  Consider everything an experiment. 
Rule 5:  Be Self Disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. 
              To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self disciplined is to follow in a better
              way. 
Rule 6:   Follow the leader. Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make. 
Rule 7:   The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It is the people who do all the
               work all the time who eventually catch onto things. You can fool the fans-- but not the
               players. 
Rule 8:   Do not try to create and analyze at the same time. They are different processes. 
Rule 9:   Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It is lighter than you think. 
Rule 10: We are breaking all the rules, even our own rules and how do we do that? By leaving 
               plenty of room for "x" qualities. 

Helpful Hints: 

  • Always Be Around.
  • Come or go to everything.
  • Always go to classes.
  • Read everything you can get your hands on. 
  • Look at movies carefully and often.
  • SAVE EVERYTHING. It may come in handy later. 


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Thanks to Daniel Edward Roberts at Facebook, I offer the wisdom above. It's good stuff, reminding me of Margaret Harshaw's words: The highest form of discipline is freedom. Dig deep enough and you find the same vein of gold.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks, Daniel. Shared this with my ESM students.

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  2. This is so wonderful. I'm so glad you posted it.

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