March 16, 2011

Saturation, Part One

Posted in Saturation tagged , , , , at 10:29 am by Rebecca Hein

Saturation occurs when a musician practices for a performance, polishing the music beyond perfection. This level of work so immerses you in your material that your attention sinks below the details of playing every note and phrase. Then you can notice deeper elements, and your performance reflects this unconscious ease.

It’s the same in writing. Lavishing all your ability on a piece; reading and revising it so many times that you don’t even have to think about it, will give that project and your whole writing output a gloss and polish you can achieve in no other way.



  1. I haven’t really noticed this myself but I do reach a point where I can’t perfect my work anymore. Unlike the German rock band, Can, I know when my work is finished.

    • Rebecca Hein said,

      Ah, but that point where the piece is finished is also a moment of choice: do we declare it finished or look for ways to go deeper?

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