Frenchman's Bay, Maine

Frenchman's Bay, Maine

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Good Advice from Hank Jones

Hank Jones, jazz pianist, died a few days ago at the age of 91. NPR replayed an earlier interview with him and this is what Hank said about playing piano (as closely as I remember--I was driving the car while listening and wrote his words down after I got to my destination):

"I try to be conversant with the piano... You have to be on good speaking terms with the piano, or the piano will rebuff you."

Seems as if this advice also applies to writing and other art forms. Unless it's an ongoing conversation, not just an occasional thing, the writing will rebuff us too. Daily writing, here I come.

Thanks, Hank! You'll be missed.

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