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To love something we must accept what that thing means and stands for, and knowing more about Cage now, I reject most of the things he means and stands for. His philosophy is deeply important and should be a persistent challenge to the thought of every person who seeks to make and present creative music. But his own realizations of that philosophy, the mature works that seek to remove intention and expression, are ethically and aesthetically problematic; artist must say something to us (even if they say nothing, but that only works once), they must reveal and admit some idea that we can consider.
I remain fascinated how Cage's aesthetic stance perturbs people, particularly their views of Cage the artist/philosopher versus Cage the composer.
I also assume Cage would not have approved of my calling him my "favorite" composer, as it would intrude on the actual experience of listening without expectation. I can live with this contradiction.
I hppen to have been listening to Cage's music all morning and can't get enough. Yesterday, I read the first (free) chapter of the John Cage biography by Kenneth Silverman. I supposed it's my duty to buy and read the whole thing although the author may or may not think and write as well as the subject. But first, I need to listen to more of Four Walls (rdio):