Seriously, pretty wack, right? Total Internet/cell phone shut down, cameras getting confiscated, riots, tourists fleeing in terror. Hilary Clinton is telling people to avoid traveling in Egypt for the sake of safety.
“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and somthing else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”—Chuck Close (via sandyhong & @emilycarroll)
Feel grody today. Possibly a bit dehydrated. Slow as shit at work because anyone who isn’t a brain-dead slave to capitalism isn’t going to go out before the afternoon to shop on a Saturday while it’s snowing and and -5 degrees out.
Don’t forget folks: MxM tonight at the Blind Pig. It’s going to be one of those situations where after we play, we’re going to collapse and then (James Brownesque) as we are being carried off stage, we will throw down our gilded capes and be overtaken by the raw funk.
Sophie is the sweetest and is talented beyond her years. Your loyalty will be rewarded. You will be made a powerful general once the a MxM revolution begins. You will be made the ruler of South America. People will fear and obey you.
Watched the documentary “DiG” for what has to be the 10th time in my life. I honestly can NOT get tired of it. It’s thrilling, inspiring (mostly inspiring me not to be as big of a dickweed as Aton Newcombe or Courtney Taylor), and show the vividness of music and being a touring band. WANT.
My subconcious sees fit to sabotage my happiness. After a really wonderful night, I have intense, vivid dreams about being nasty, meanspirited and abusive to the people I’m closest to in my life. It was profoundly unsettling and I don’t really feel comfortable discussing it because of what I relentless bastard I was in the dream.
I feel like in the context of the Decemberists new album, “The King is Dead,” there’s a lot of discussion about how “The Hazards of Love” was a big creative failure. Do people really think that? I actually rather liked the Hazards of Love. It was ambitious and proggy and relied a bit heavily on the whole fairy queen bullshit, but it had some great tunes on it; “The Wanting Comes in Waves” is probably the best thing they (and My Brightest Diamond) have ever written.
Anyway, “The King is Dead” is a decent album. Pretty straight forward rock stuff. “Rise to Me” is basically “Wild Horses” only with the boys in the band passing around a bottle of sarsperilla instead of whiskey. Might writes more about it later.
Hey all. I know I’ve been quiet. I’m trying to execute an overhaul of my life, which amounts to less time fucking around on the internet. It’s going OK.
That actually paints the overhaul a bit cynically, so let me clarify: my new approach to be more conscientious of my resources. Time, money, opportunities: I’m trying to not let them slip away unnoticed. It’s not much of resolution (I set to it before the 1st anyway) nor is it a well defined set of rules, just a few little things I’m trying to improve my life, or at least make myself accountable for my shortcomings.
I’ve been up and down the last few days. At this point, I’ve been sick in some way or another for nearly two weeks, so that’s getting tiresome, but I’ve been feeling a bit better.
Practice goes well. Still trying to involve other musician type folks. Difficult to get schedules to match up unless you sleep next to them every night.
Mildly frustrated with booking. Contacted 6 venues today, cold emailed. Not bad, but given how easy it is to send an email, I feel like I should be doing better. I’m impatient, I know.
Sort of wondering how to move forward, band-wise. Booking shows is going well, practicing nearly every day is great. What else can you do? I suppose we should maybe start snooping open mics again, if only to keep me occupied and keep us out there.
I’m a bit melancholy tonight. I finally got around to finishing Girly which is a pretty wonderful webcomic I used to be obsessed with. The issues with pacing that I had while reading it episodically seem to be largely eliminated reading it all together, and I felt sad finishing it. It’s a really sweet, silly read and I highly recommend it.
Excited to start writing for Radio Free Chicago. Have a few things in the works, thinking about coining a new movement name (with some help from Jesse Thorn).
VERY excited to be accepted to a screenwriting class. Going to develop my FUCKING PILOT. FUCK YEAH.
In sickboy mode, whereby I’m simply too exhausted to not find everything irritating. The human mask is slipping and I’m doing a poor job not lashing out at people. The funny thing is, it’s not even for my amusement or as venting. It’s just because it’s the first thing out of my mouth. Fatty.
Sorry uggos if I’m harsh today. I’m usually better at not letting these things out. My opinion of you is unchanged.
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”—
Happy new year from lab! May everyone have an inspired 2011.