Do you know Kahlil Gibran? I often use texts by him since I am fascinated by his writings.
There is a story behind. Once I was in Gothenburg, in an old antiquarian bookshop. Just looking for some books about philosophy. There it was, a large book with treasured writings by Gibran. I knew his name somehow from before, he was the author of ‘the Prophet’, a small book of 26 prose poetry fables. It was one of his best known works and became pretty famous all over the world. So I took the book with me and started to study it. It continued that I became more and more drawn into his world and it started that music pieces appeared in me that fitted to his texts. I also use often texts by Rainer Maria Rilke, an author that accompanies me since a very long time. I like that he leaves things in the unspoken. He sometimes just touches them, describes them and lets them in a mystical world where you can find your own imagination. It is up to you to feel your images.
Another time I was in Gothenburg, I took a boat out to one of the small islands in the Archipelago. It was twilight, the sea was rough and the wind icy cold. It was an almost apocalyptic scenery. I stood there on the way back in a small shed to wait for the boat back. The shed was filled with books, most of all in swedish besides one in english by Gibran. There he was again. Gibran. I was pretty astonished one can say. I was standing there emotionally at the end of the world, just waiting for a boat to take me back to the mainland. And there, in a drafty shed again I found a book by Gibran.
Do you believe in coincidences?
Friedrich Schiller, Don Carlos
Ist Zufall anders, als der rohe Stein,
Der Leben annimmt unter Bildners Hand?
Den Zufall gibt die Vorsehung –
Muß ihn der Mensch gestalten.
And what else is coincidence
than the raw stone
that comes to life under the hand
of the creator?
Coincidence is given by destiny –
for its purpose a person
has to shape it himself.
Schumann Kreisleriana, op. 16: Äußerst bewegt
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