It’s all about shutting up that evil voice.
The evil voice, the voice of Resistance, that arises within everyone, as an equal and opposite reaction to the desire to do something good.
You can shut him up with whiskey, but your breath will smell and your nose will get big and red and you won’t be able to get it up any more.
So you have to find another way.
I didn’t particularly care for what I came up with today.
I wrote songs 36, 37, 38, 39, and of course, 40.
One of them was about Stephen King, and unless I really rack my brains, which I won’t, I can’t for the life of me remember what any of the others were about.
And I only finished about ten minutes ago. That’s the artist’s memory for you.
Do you remember that thing about how an infinite number of monkeys on an infinite number of typewriters would eventually write a line of Shakespeare? I heard it on the old Ricky Gervais XFM show. I like to listen to them when I cook.
The point is that no matter how unlikely something is to happen, when you factor in infinity, it becomes possible. Infinity sorts it out.
Well, I don’t have infinity. And I don’t even have that long. But I do have whatever time remains in my life. And time is by far the most underrated, undervalued and misused element in the universe.
(read Seneca’s On The Shortness Of Life)
If you just have a little patience, and you’re willing to put one foot in front of the other, then time is the only thing you need to get where you’re going.
You can try to put all kinds of things on your side in the name of being strategic. Stay healthy, have a good network of co-conspirators, pray, do all that law of attraction kind of stuff…
But none of them can ever come close to “one foot in front of the other” + time.
I’ve spent years trying to cheat fate in order to get where I wanted to go, only to be disappointed when things never went my way. What I didn’t realise was that you have to work with fate.
And when it comes to making art, there is no better way to get into the good graces of the Gods than “one foot in front of the other” + time.