Monthly Archives: August 2013

Virtuosity is Ephemeral

Lots of artists, particularly musicians, focus heavily on becoming virtuoso performers.  They practice diligently until they can perform amazing feats that leave audiences with their jaws on the floor.  The problem is, although it’s entertaining at the time, the shelf … Continue reading

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Rabid Outsiders

Today, a video appeared on my facebook wall that had Rosanne Barr in it, talking about Hollywood and how people in Hollywood are too scared to break ranks and stand for anything.  It was a news interview, but some interesting … Continue reading

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Having It Their Own Way

You might have experienced this in kindergarten, or in an art class.  You’re all happily getting along and playing and then some person barges in and begins to want everything their own way.  They start bossing people around, shoving people … Continue reading

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What Writers Think of Readers

“How can you possibly know what writers think of readers?  Every writer is different.  It makes no sense to make such a sweeping generalisation”.  I agree entirely.  However, you can do something very simple.  Pop into a local book store … Continue reading

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The Dark Side of Obsession

Artists know the feeling well.  You get absorbed in your work to the point of obsession.  Yes, you might be making great art, but there is a personal, psychological price that you are paying to do it.  Most of us … Continue reading

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The Money or Your Life

Does the world want artists, driven by their honesty, their preparedness to help humanity see differently and their fierce independence?  Noam Chomsky expressed it, rather bleakly, like this: “The world does not reward honesty and independence, it rewards obedience and … Continue reading

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Un-sticking Yourself, When Stuck

Sometimes, when you’re trying to write, paint, write a song or record and produce music (or during thousands of other creative pursuits) you’re going to get stuck.  You’re going to grind to an utter halt, without a clue about how … Continue reading

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