Letter #61

Good morning / afternoon / evening,

I hope you’re well. As you read this, I’m most probably in the middle of the French Alps on a stag party – think more ‘civilised swimming in lakes’ than ‘tying friends to lamp posts’ 😂.

This meant I had to start prepping the letter and mixtape a bit earlier this week, and I did, but then the unthinkable happened… The draft playlist I’d spent ages pulling together vanished. No back ups. Start all over again. GAH! So I decided that instead of trying to rebuild the original, I’d take the handful of tracks I remembered and build out from those and see where that took me. Hopefully you’ll love it.

Before you begin, I have a favour to ask. If you like this letter and mixtape, then please share a recommendation on Twitter and Facebook (this is the link to share – www.lwstd.co.uk/letter)! I want to keep growing this thing of ours and continue bring in more and more interesting people just like you ❤️.

🌪 TL;DR section 🌪
Stuff to do: 
📚 The notes 📚
As I spent so much time rebuilding the mixtape, I’ve not had loads of time to write the letter. I did, however, stumble upon something brilliant this week. BoingBoing published a memo from John Cage to students and teachers, which was a set of rules for creativity (originally written by Sister Corita Kent). I wanted to share them, as 1) I think they’re excellent, and 2) there are lots of echoes of thoughts from the last 60+ letters – from commitment, to trust, to testing thoughts, and through to taking everything in. Rules for life, I reckon

Rule 1: Find a place you trust, and then, try trusting it for awhile.
Rule 2: (General Duties of a Student) Pull everything out of your teacher. Pull everything out of your fellow students.
Rule 3: (General Duties of a Teacher) Pull everything out of your students.
Rule 4: Consider everything an experiment.
Rule 5: Be Self Disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self disciplined is to follow in a better way.
Rule 6: Follow the leader. Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make.
Rule 7: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It is the people who do all the work all the time who eventually catch onto things. You can fool the fans–but not the players.
Rule 8: Do not try to create and analyze at the same time. They are different processes.
Rule 9: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It is lighter than you think.
Rule 10: We are breaking all the rules, even our own rules and how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for “x” quantities.

Helpful Hints:
Always Be Around.
Come or go to everything.
Always go to classes.
Read everything you can get your hands on.
Look at movies carefully and often.
SAVE EVERYTHING. It might come in handy later.

As always, if you’ve read to here, thanks for indulging me ♥️.

See you on the dance floor.
Love Will Save the Day

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