Where’s My Fire?
In my bones or under my butt.
I did not want to talk about the concert per se, but, rather, something I read in the program notes. Therein, Mr. Holst was quoted to have said, “Never compose anything unless the not composing of it becomes a positive nuisance to you.”
The thought reminded me of Jeremiah’s when, after being harassed for prophesying and deciding to stop, he said, “in my heart it proved to be like a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I got tired of holding in.” (Jeremiah 20:9) Sometimes, what we have inside ourselves just has to get out.
Mr. Holst’s quote also had me thinking that he felt that the quality of his work would reflect how badly he wanted to do it. If he did his composing merely out of obligation, it would not be his best work. If, however, he waited until it was like a ‘fire shut up in his bones,’ then the quality would be surpassing. This seems to have worked for The Planets, since it is considered his masterpiece achievement.
Which brings me to my first poll.
23/Apr/06 – Where is Your Fire? 14 comments