Yoko Ono on Art

BedIn275“Art is what is in you that you want to give to the world. For that, you don’t need any practice.”

Yoko Ono said this in her weekly Twitter Q&A last week. I think she’s right and not right. I think you can and need to practice, at least in writing, to get the theoretical concepts down: Structure, usage, that sort of thing. (I know the same is true for playing instruments — I’ve only recently started to feel like I can actually express myself a little with my guitar playing, after two years of lessons.) But I also think that the practice is the easy part. The hard part is what Ono’s actually talking about: figuring out what you want to say. For that, it’s true, you don’t need any practice. You simply need to be tapped into the truth at your core.

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