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A new week, reader—hello again from Composure
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For your consideration, Harlan Ellison's homage to the power of consistency and repetition: “The trick is not becoming a writer. The trick is staying a writer.

But Does It Float became a blog in 2009 and has stayed one ever since, doing just one thing time and time again: BDIF juxtaposes the insightful musings of intelligent thinkers with the creative works of inspiring artists. Here, the collages of Genadii Berёzkin, alongside Roland Barthes' relevant observation: "The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition ... always new books, new programs, new films, news items, but always the same meaning."

img by Colin Brown

The Commander Thinks Aloud is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard, no doubt due to its deeply human treatment of very emotional subject matter (the tragic loss of the explorers piloting the Space Shuttle Columbia) in concert with poetic and artful execution. Here songwriter John Roderick deconstructs the song, and its climax: a single line, repeated. "The thing is, I sing it once, and then the 2nd time everybody gets it, the 3rd time they've heard it now, the 4th time they're like "okay, alright...", the 5th and 6th time it starts to get annoying...


But then: a new kind of gravity enters, only on the 7th time, when you can finally start to feel the emotion. And when I perform it live, if I'm not careful, I too will start to cry."
 

(img by Colin Brown)



As part of my own practice in exercising repetition, each Composure scarf is made and worn each time to reflect on the stories of people in my life with perspectives worth embodying. Scarves and their stories at alwayscomposure.com.
(A line I repeat each closing—perhaps, if I'm lucky, with new meaning over time.)


More again next week,
K



​A brief note: Lots of new followers this week—thanks for finding Composure. In the coming weeks I'm developing new ways to connect the creative people here on the list, sharing your insights & inspiration as well. Stay tuned for ways to take part.
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Uncertainty plagues all meaningful pursuits; if we are to do our best work in the face of uncertainty, perhaps we must first hone perspectives that allow us to stay the creative path. So in these notes, a series of reflections on various themes. This week, repetition. 

 
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