File under Murakami, Jazz, Writing.

All the elements in place for me to mention it.  Murakami on jazz and the roots of his writing.  Excerpt:

When I turned 29, all of a sudden out of nowhere I got this feeling
that I wanted to write a novel — that I could do it. I couldn’t write
anything that measured up to Dostoyevsky or Balzac, of course, but I
told myself it didn’t matter. I didn’t have to become a literary giant.
Still, I had no idea how to go about writing a novel or what to write
about. I had absolutely no experience, after all, and no ready-made
style at my disposal. I didn’t know anyone who could teach me how to do
it, or even friends I could talk with about literature. My only thought
at that point was how wonderful it would be if I could write like
playing an instrument.

I had practiced the piano as a kid, and I
could read enough music to pick out a simple melody, but I didn’t have
the kind of technique it takes to become a professional musician.
Inside my head, though, I did often feel as though something like my
own music was swirling around in a rich, strong surge. I wondered if it
might be possible for me to transfer that music into writing. That was
how my style got started.

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One thought on “File under Murakami, Jazz, Writing.

  1. Have you read his account of watching the baseball game during that time in his life? He was sitting in the stands and right after a player hit a home run, it dawned on him to write a novel. So he then went home and began his work. I’d say that is also in the spirit of jazz. It probably also helped that his father was a teacher/professor of literature.

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File under Murakami, Jazz, Writing.

All the elements in place for me to mention it.  Murakami on jazz and the roots of his writing.  Excerpt:

When I turned 29, all of a sudden out of nowhere I got this feeling
that I wanted to write a novel — that I could do it. I couldn’t write
anything that measured up to Dostoyevsky or Balzac, of course, but I
told myself it didn’t matter. I didn’t have to become a literary giant.
Still, I had no idea how to go about writing a novel or what to write
about. I had absolutely no experience, after all, and no ready-made
style at my disposal. I didn’t know anyone who could teach me how to do
it, or even friends I could talk with about literature. My only thought
at that point was how wonderful it would be if I could write like
playing an instrument.

I had practiced the piano as a kid, and I
could read enough music to pick out a simple melody, but I didn’t have
the kind of technique it takes to become a professional musician.
Inside my head, though, I did often feel as though something like my
own music was swirling around in a rich, strong surge. I wondered if it
might be possible for me to transfer that music into writing. That was
how my style got started.

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