An insightful post from a fellow blogger that makes the salient point that mistakes and imperfection are how we learn, express and ultimately, feel. So, make mistakes, and revel in your imperfection. That is just where we may find truth!

That's How The Light Gets In

I couldn’t let this pass unremarked.  The title of this blog was inspired, of course, by Leonard Cohen’s ‘Anthem’ with its chorus:

Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

An editorial in today’s Guardian notes that scientists in Trieste have discovered that the reason why Guadagnini violins produce such exceptional sound is because:

the tiny irregularities introduced in its construction that give it an edge over symmetrical instruments. In other words, its perfection comes from its imperfection.

The explanation comes in a report in the Telegraph two days ago in which Dr Franco Zanini, a physicist and amateur violinist who examined the violin at a laboratory in Trieste, explained:

We noticed there were a lot of asymmetries in the instruments. In principle they have no reason to be there, but it is possible these imperfections were made to remove the unpleasant…

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  1. This is one of my favorite themes. Raised as I was by a perfectionist, I’ve had some lessons to learn. (You haven’t lived until you’ve watched your mother unravel a handknit sweater for the fifteenth time “to get it right”.)

    Thanks for passing on this marvelous addition to my “don’t worry, be creative” file!

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