Liking the smoked bluefish salad I had at an organically-sourced Brooklyn eatery, I made something like it at home.
In preparation for shooting a video last week, I practiced again a piece that I practiced last year for summer concerts, and two years before that to play in Michigan, and thirteen years earlier still…
Passing by a store on Broadway that had four identical (mass-produced) lamps hanging in a row, I was prompted to tweet this tweet. “Repetition gives an appearance of order,” tweeted I.
Musicians are accustomed to repetition. Even music that isn’t especially repetitive is subject to considerable repeating in most professional musical lives.
That’s our practice, a structuring of time. And for the player, a structuring of a life.
The balance between repeating material and exploring the new is struck differently by musicians. Some pianists play a huge number of pieces. Others delve into a few.
How many times did Paderewski perform the “Moonlight” Sonata? Or Mick Jagger sing “Satisfaction”?
One of the Oblique Strategies of Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt is: “Repetition is a form of change.”