“Everyone carries a room about inside them. This fact can even be proved by means of the sense of hearing. If someone walks fast and one pricks up one’s ears and listens, say in the night, when everything round about is quiet, one hears, for instance, the rattling of a mirror not quite firmly fastened to the wall.”
“Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”
“I get irritated with the world. I get irritated with politicians. I get very irritated with governments and with corporations, but in terms of imagination - my imagination is always fertile.”
“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
As a very sensitive child, I reacted to the violence around me by internalizing everything. My only refuge was music, and I totally disappeared into the internal landscapes it opened up to me.
The Blue Notebooks’ is an anti-violence record and an attempt for music to comment on society. It’s a subtle and peaceful protest against political, social, and personal brutality.
15 years ago, I chose these texts to reflect on my sense of the politics at the time of the Iraq war. Facts were beginning to be replaced by subjective assertions in the build-up to the war, which seemed to be viewed as inevitable and justified in spite of all the evidence to the contrary.
Sadly, it’s still very current today. Now, politically things are not only similar, but worse.
This blue note book is for you to read, reflect and add your contribution in any way you feel.
What do these quotes mean to you?
How do you view the politics of un-reality?
What is your peaceful protest?
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