On the last leaf of Vonnegut's last book "Armageddon in Retrospect" (posthumous, just published by his son this year), I found a wonderful quote:
"Where do I get my ideas from? You might as well have asked that of Beethoven. He was goofing around in Germany like everybody else, and all of a sudden this stuff came gushing out of him.
It was music.
I was goofing around like everybody else in Indiana, and all of a sudden this stuff came gushing out. It was disgust with civilization. (January, 1958)"
This quote touched me a little. Perhaps because I just taught Beethoven's 3rd yesterday. Perhaps because I spend most of my time goofing around like everybody else in Indiana. Regardless, I enjoyed it and I hope you do to.
I'm off for a weekend trip filled with musicological joy–which will hopefully inspire more interesting blogs next week.