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books into music

        Howdy Y'All,

        So I think people are reading some interesting stuff . . . 
researched some for future reading)

        My question is this: Does it/How does it effect what you do

        For instance, a lot of my music writing is influenced by
literature/poetry or painting. I just went through a mental countdown and 
of the 33 tunes across three CDs are in these two categories, eight were in
reaction to music/concepts by other players/composers, four are based on
"real life experiences."

        I tend to either be inspired by the feel of, or am intrigued by a
phrase or an idea from, a certain work. For instance, currently just
finished a piece based on my memories of the "feeling" of three novels by
Henry Miller. More in the works based on work by other authors and some on
film makers and painters . . . 


        (PS: Book last read four-volume set of "A Thousand Nights and One
Nights" ["The Arabian Nights"]; current reading "London Bridge"
Louis-Ferdinand Celine; next up "A Short History of Byzantium," "Collected
Tales of Nikolai Gogol," "History of the Arab People.")