Advice from a master

30 Oct

I don’t know if I’m a Tom Waits fan, to be honest. I know my guyfriends and plenty of exes reallllly like him. I should give him another shot.

These bits of an article from last Sunday’s New York Times stuck with me and I think if you’ve ever pursued anything remotely creative, they will with you, too:

“I want you to play like you’re 7 years old at a recital. I want you to play like your mom’s in the room. I want you to play like you’re miles from home, and your legs are dangling from a boxcar. Or play like your hair’s on fire. Play like you have no pants on.”

And, on his recent album which touches upon current events:

“I’m not really qualified to discuss any of these matters on a political level. I always imagine you sit at a piano with an open window, and whatever is out there will come in, pass through you and then turn into a song.”

And, the comic/writer in me especially loved this:

“There’s truths there that spiral out of what appears to be just a word game. That’s what I find mystifying about the meanings of things: they kind of unscrew themselves from the practical words.”

Indeed.

Thanks, as always, to my dad who gives me the best pieces of the Times every Sunday at dinner after mass.

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