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Rough Trade

Didn't John Cage say The most exciting thing that I can do is to change my mind? I think it was him. He did say I have nothing to say and I am saying it. I know he did. He was a man of few words, even if it was him telling you that he was. One afternoon listening to NPR in the 1980's I heard his Norton lectures. Alone in my apartment with no television. I remember just sitting there, staring at the radio. My mouth was probably hanging open.

What was this? Who is this strange and mellow old man?

Finding and reading his Silence changed My mind. About everything. I mean, how often does that happen? Just as often as it needs to I guess.

Many of the intellectuals of his time were also into what John Coltrane was doing with his sheets of sound, and occasionally would ask Cage what he thought of him. And you know what he told them?

I find Rock and Roll more interesting, it's much more modern.

Right on John.

Copyright © 2002 Alice Kenner e-mail address

You may also want to check out our Low articles/reviews: C'mon, Low-talk with Mimi Parker, Musik-Tanz-Club, Cologne, Germany, 01.11.1999, No Comprende, Ones and Sixes, Some Hearts (At Christmas Time), The Great Destroyer, The Invisible Way, Things We Lost In The Fire, Whelan's, Dublin, 18.11.2000.

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