“…When we got to the part where we had to improvise an argument in a poetic language, I got cold feet. “I can’t do this,” I said. “I don’t know what to say.”
“Say anything,” he said. “You can’t make a mistake when you improvise.”
“What if I mess it up? What if I screw up the rhythm?”
“You can’t,” he said. “It’s like drumming. If you miss a beat, you create another.”
In this simple exchange, Sam taught me the secret of improvisation, one that I have accessed my whole life….”
Patti Smith writing about what actor Sam Shepard taught her about impro. She’s Capricorn – he’s Scorpio. So was Robert Mapplethorpe. I’m thinking she has a Scorpio man thing: her Chiron, Jupiter and Venus in Scorpio.
Shepard also told her “When you hit a wall” – of your own imagined limitations – “just kick it in.”