I remember once I had a long period when I thought; ‘I’ll never have another idea again! I’ve explored everything.’ You’ve got this backpack of your history that you’re carrying around — how do you throw that off and really start from beginner’s mind? That gets trickier and trickier as you go along, to not fall into your habitual patterns in the way that you create, in the work itself, or anything.

Meredith Monk in NYCMeredith Monk, in an interview with Mountain Record magazine.

The singer, composer, director, choreographer, filmmaker has been creating multidisciplinary works since the 1960s. Her latest CD is called Songs of Ascension.

(photo: Steven Henry/Getty Images)

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