You Make It UpNov 05, 2019
I read composer Robert Fritz's book The Path of Least Resistance when I was about 21 years old, and while various bits of it have passed in and out of my thought process since then, one thing that really stuck with me was his explanation of how creative people come up with their work. After fooling around with various possibilities – could it be this? could it be that? – Fritz crows the answer he's had in mind all along: "They make it up!" You can practically hear him cackling with the glee of sticking it to...I'm not sure who. The creative academy? Some private vision of The Man? Whoever it is, Fritz is clearly pleased as punch with this formulation, and why not? On some level, that's really all there is to it, and the rest, to quote Rabbi Hillel out of context, is commentary.