Why do we think order and running wild are at odds?
Why do they seem like opponents instead of partners?
In reality, order allows good things to run wild. But both—order and running wild—are no good alone. Order for the sake of order is restrictive and deadening; Running wild by itself is chaotic and destructive. Only in their partnership is beauty seen.
A piano has 88 keys arranged in a very specific order. It is this consistent, specific order of each piano which makes piano music possible. Everyone who plays the piano is constrained by this structure and enabled by this structure. The vast variety of piano music—from children’s songs to cinema soundtracks—springs from the specifications of piano construction. Take away the particular arrangement of piano keys and you remove the opportunity to play at all.
Order, discipline and structure are key to being a good pianist.You practice scales, learn the order of notes and the rules of each key to learn how to play. Daily disciplines in scales and other exercises maintain your skills. Without order you can’t play music at all.
The point of order, however, is not the daily discipline, the structured scales, or the configuration of the keys themselves. The point of all that order is the music, the creative compositions—from classical to country—emerging from the hearts of composers, performed for the enjoyment of both artist and audience.
Rules and Running Wild.
Order and Creativity.
Partners in Beauty, what music do they create in your life?
Thanks, Jake, for today's photos!