Thursday, September 25, 2008

The artist's day

This is Erik Satie, describing his day:

The musician’s day

An artist must organise his life.

Here is the exact timetable of my daily activities:

Get up: 7.18 am; be inspired: 10.23 to 11.47 am. I take lunch at 12.11pm and leave the table at 12.14pm.

Healthy horse-riding, out in my grounds: 1.19 to 2.53 pm. More inspiration: 3.12 to 4.07 pm.

Various activities (fencing, reflection, immobility, visits, contemplation, swimming etc…): 4.21 to 6.47 pm.

Dinner is served at 7.16 and ends at 7.20 pm. Then come symphonic readings, out loud: 8.09 to 9.59 pm.

I go to bed regularly at 10.37 pm. Once a week (on Tuesdays) I wake up with a start at 3.19 am.

Happily, my own life is equally organised. Indeed, it bears an uncanny similarity to M. Satie’s, with the exception of fencing, which is beyond the pale, in my estimation. I also worry that he doesn’t have time to chew his food properly. Which, as worries goes, is pretty pointless, since he died in 1925.

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