As I sit packing up my favorite books I like to open them up randomly. Often I find myself reading passages when I should be packing unable to put them down. I love finding little anecdotes to collect and share.
From “The Roaring Silence: John Cage a Life” by David Revill:
In 1932 the young John Cage was a struggling artist living in Santa Monica CA. He decided that he needed to make money so he came up with a plan.
“He canvased door-to-door, asking Santa Monica housewives if they would be interested in a series of lectures on modern art, ten for $2.50. “I didn’t want to be a professor, I just wanted to get by,” Cage remembered. “I explained to the housewives that I didn’t know anything about either subject but that I was enthusiastic about both of them. I promised to learn faithfully enough about each subject so as to be able to give a talk an hour long each week.”
During these lectures Cage met several people who became instrumental (pardon the pun) in his career, including some art collectors and a famous composer who became his teacher for a time. This teacher changed the way Cage thought about time in relation to his work.
The lesson garnered from this story; you never know what will come up when you just put yourself out into the world in new and unexpected ways. People you didn’t know you were looking for are bound to find you. The universe opens and gives you little surprise gifts.
I wonder what will come up for me as I start out on the teaching path in a few months? Who will I meet? What stories will I share? What new books will I read?