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This one time, Hank bought a bus, turned it into an RV, we all went on a trip, and I composed the music for the kickstarter. The feel I was going for was, “Apple ad, with a little Fleet Foxes at the end”.
Ira Glass has some important words to share with people starting work in the arts, be it literature or music. While we tend to glorify inspiration, Glass notes that it is perspiration, putting in those hours playing and making and failing, that will eventually allow you to make good art.
The video animation below is entertaining, or you can read the full quote at the bottom.
Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this.
And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.–Ira Glass
This interview with producer Semothy Jones contains this gem of a quote:
A lot of music is made by trying to recreate something that you love and doing it so badly that you make it your own . . . you know, it kinda ends up its own thing. A lot of people make great music by mistake.
That is exactly why I love building cover songs and remixes.
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