Interesting conversation with a musician friend of mine last night. He expressed the view that playing music is an end-in-itself. It’s all about the sheer joy of playing. Who needs an audience?
I could appreciate the sentiment, but I couldn’t agree.
Continue reading Do Artists Really Need an Audience?
I know it’s hard.
You’ve had the “achievement/goals” credo shoved down your throat since you were a little kid. Even if your parents were free-wheeling hippies it’s still ubiquitous in the culture. Your employers believe in it. Your peers believe it. Your friends believe it. You believe it.
But ask yourself: is it making any of us happier?
Continue reading Want To Be Happy? Forget About Your Goals
1. Religiously learn all the writing rules. They’re out there–just look them up.
2. Write them down, preferably by hand. In the very least, print them out.
3. Take those pieces of paper and put them in a fire-proof container, preferably outdoors.
4. Squirt liberal amounts of lighter fluid into said container.
…you can figure out the rest.
Now go create something we’ve never read before.
Well, it’s hard to even know what to say.
No sooner had the thrill of releasing a book worn off than I received this sad message: Continue reading Sad News