Without deviation from the norm,
progress is not possible.
– Frank Zappa
For several years running, I was invited to speak to the Sociology of Deviancy class at our local university. Each visit, I opened by joking that I was never quite sure whether the invitation was a good thing or not. Truthfully, though, I think Zappa is on to something.
I won’t get into the specifics of what makes me a deviant, but I will say that the ability to alter ones perspective – to shift certainty to openness – allows for a deeper engagement with life. It is the opposite of that adage about insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. To deviate is to dare.
Let me be perfectly clear, here, I am not talking about criminal deviations or corruption. I am speaking about life affirming and inspirational movement, akin to wonder.
Enough said. This is about your experience, not mine. I’m offering as inspiration this piece I found on YouTube. It is listed as Neoclassical piano music, and is titled Deviation.
The composer is Phillip Weigl. As a suggestion, it might be interesting to write while listening to this piece and see what emerges.
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