It’s Tuesday — and, since despite the four-day workweek (for some people) I still have six freelance assignments to complete by Friday, we’re keeping today’s blog post relatively short.

Here are a few of the Qs in my queue:

When do you say I’m ready to share this with people, even if it means also saying I accept that I’m giving up the possibility of these trills being as even as they could be?

With music, at least, you have the option of saying I’m ready to start sharing this with people, with the understanding that a hundred performances from now these trills will be even more even.

What about with writing? I’m ready to share this with people, even though I accept that I’m giving up the possibility of that one paragraph communicating precisely what I want it to?

Or visual art? I’m ready to share this, even though I accept that the perspective is still a little skewed…

Back to music again: IS A MUSICAL EXPERIENCE (between a performer and an audience) A PROCESS OR A PRODUCT?

Okay okay okay, might as well ask the same question another way: IS A STORYTELLING EXPERIENCE (between an author and a reader) A PROCESS OR A PRODUCT?

And fine, here we go: IS THE EXPERIENCE OF VIEWING ART A PROCESS OR A PRODUCT?

I also had two question-comments on Facebook in response to my post about learning and memory; the first from my mom and the second from my grandpa:

Mom: Do we memorize the alphabet and numbers? Do we memorize our name? (My response, btw, was “…yes?”)

Grandpa: We memorize by repetition, we learn by experience.

Consider this your cue to discuss. ❤️

2 thoughts on “Tuesday Qs

  1. A fuzzy answer, but this has been on my mind since reading your first post on memorisation, so I thought I’d share it anyway.

    I think there are lots of different types of learning, and they all feed into each other, and memorisation is one of them, but by far from the only one. Or maybe it all counts as memorisation, but via different routes. I am very bad at what I consider ‘rote learning’ so I try to avoid it as much as possible. But how I think about how I learn things depends on what I’m learning at the time.

    To learn a new area of maths, I lean on understanding. If I can understand how things connect and interact, I can gain an intuitive sense of how to tackle a problem. Sometimes this simplifies down into a formula which needs memorising, but the understanding is there to re-derive the formula as and when it slips away.

    In a martial art I used to do, first I learnt the shape of the kata, and then the detail of the kata and then the feeling behind the kata. And maybe one and two are memorisation, but then how does that explain the gap between knowing what I should be able to do, and being able to make my body move in the way that I wanted? The feeling behind the kata is something more intuitive, and related to understanding (memorising?) the application of the kata, but not quite the same.

    In crafts you can learn how to follow the instructions, but there is another set of learning about recognising when something is going wrong, or has gone wrong and how to correct that. Or alternately to recognise when your material has been pushed almost to its limit and if you leave it now it will be fine, but if you fiddle any more then the paper will tear or the pot will collapse into a ball of crumpled clay. I think of it as being able to listen to your materials, and know how to respond in the way that best suits your goals.

    In conclusion: I think your Grandpa is on to something, but it’s something hard to pin down 🙂

    1. Hi! I wanted to let you know that FIRST OF ALL I LOVED YOUR COMMENT and SECOND OF ALL I AM STILL THINKING ABOUT IT and THIRD OF ALL I READ IT TO L LAST NIGHT and we talked about it for about 20 minutes.

      I haven’t had a lot of time to blog this week b/c freelance work, but I didn’t want you to feel like I was ignoring your insights. I am hoping to respond to them next week. THANK YOU.

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