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Showering with Beethoven, Headstands with Stravinsky

Posted at 8:23 AM on May 8, 2013 by Elena See (2 Comments)
Filed under: Fun finds, Ludwig van Beethoven


A new book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work -- by Mason Currey, describes the habits of highly creative people.

Stuck on a big project? Need some creative inspiration? Take Beethoven's advice:


Beethoven would stand at the washstand and pace back and forth and then go back to the washstand and put water on himself. It was an essential part of the creative buildup, but it also made him hated as a tenant and neighbor because he was splashing water everywhere.


More artists and creative individuals profiled at the Fast Company website.


Comments (2)

The children's video/DVD called Upstairs with with Beethovan has some very true histories of Beethovan according to biographies of him, including what was written above.

Posted by Bonnie Kamel | May 8, 2013 6:32 PM


LOVE that recording, Bonnie! I bought it for my niece and nephew several years ago -- and they listened to it ALL THE TIME....still ask to hear it every now and again, too.

Posted by Elena See | May 14, 2013 12:14 AM