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Excentriker

Der er noget skønt ved virkeligt excentriske mennesker. Og et sådant må man sige at komponisten Eric Satie (1866-1925) – som I nok kender bedst fra denne vidunderlige sag – var. Her er hvordan kunstneren selv beskriver sin dag:

I rise at 7:18; am inspired from 10:23 to 11:47. I lunch at 12:11 and leave the table at 12:14. A healthy ride on horseback round my domain follows from 1:19 P.M. to 2:53 P.M. Another bout of inspiration from 3:12 to 4:07 P.M. From 4:27 to 6:47 P.M. various occupations (fencing, reflection, immobility, visits, contemplation, dexterity, swimming, etc.)

Dinner is served at 7:16 and finished at 7:20 P.M. From 8:09 to 9:59 P.M. symphonic readings (out loud). I go to bed regularly at 10:37 P.M. Once a week, I wake up with a start at 3:19 (Tuesdays).

Jeg er vild med at geniet har tider på dagen, hvor den guddommelige inspiration rammer ham. Gid jeg selv kunne arbejde sådan. Han var også meget bestemt om sin diæt:

My only nourishment consists of food that is white: eggs, sugar, grated bones, the fat of dead animals, veal, salt, coconuts, chicken cooked in white water, fruit-mould, rice, turnips, camphorated sausages, pastry, cheese (white varieties), cotton salad, and certain kinds of fish (without their skin). I boil my wine and drink it cold mixed with the juice of the Fuchsia. I am a hearty eater, but never speak while eating, for fear of strangling.

Det kræver en ganske særegen mentalitet kun at ville spise hvide fødevarer, ligesom det forekommer moderat besynderligt at koge sin vin. Heldigvis var han også konsekvent i sin livsførelse i almindelighed:

  • I breathe with care (a little at a time). I very rarely dance. When walking, I clasp my sides, and look steadily behind me.
  • My expression is very serious; when I laugh it is unintentional, and I always apologize most affably.
  • I sleep with only one eye closed, very profoundly. My bed is round, with a hole to put my head through. Once every hour a servant takes my temperature and gives me another.
  • I have subscribed for some time to a fashion magazine. I wear a white cap, white stockings, and a white waistcoat.

Selvom jeg tror det vil være vanskeligt at implementere de Satie’ske principper i min hverdag uden at min opførsel vil blive betragtet som let afvigende, så er det inspirerende når geniale kunstnere opfinder deres egne splittergale, men internt konsistente, systemer.

I dag ville Satie sikkert få en diagnose, havne på kontanthjælp og blive sendt på aktiveringskurser i girafsprog. Vi skal jo sikre velfærdsstaten og konkurrenceevnen og alt det er der. Men lige nu vil jeg blot lytte til hans musik og glædes over, at denne mærkværdige mand var velhavende nok til at kunne udarte sig på den måde, han gjorde. Det er inspirerende.

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