It’s been a long time since I posted a piece on John Cage. I found this talk about Cage’s composition “Credo in US” by Paul Cox at TEDxSitka. ”Credo” is Latin for “I believe,” and Cox describes that Cage meant “US” as both “you and me” and “United States.” On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington a call to collective unity—I believe in the United States, I believe in you and me.
It always becomes a larger moral question for me, I believe, when you and me are faced with another Syria. I say “another” because the horror that is happening in Syria today is happening now and happening in the past and will happen again in the future. Another. What are you and me to do?
I’ll let you watch John Cage and the New Bohemians if you’re moved to. How we find our way back home, even when it’s not what we intend. Paul Cox has the wondrous realization on his journey of discovery about John Cage’s Credo that in every small thing there is a multitude of stories. This planet is small in the whole of the universe. This country is small in the whole of the planet. Yet every thing we do becomes the story of you and me.
How are we to be brave?
What is always interesting to me about a Cage piece—the instruments: gongs, tin cans, tom-toms, electric buzzer, piano and radio/phonograph.