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I always liked the magic of poetry but now I'm just starting to see behind the curtain of even the best poets, how they've used, tried and tested craft to create the illusion. Wonderful feeling of exhilaration to finally be there.
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I didn't really escape that gravity until I moved 300 miles south to go to college at 18, where authorship no longer seemed something liable to induce vengeful punishment.
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I didn't really want to spend months and months away from my wife and son in the late 80s and 90s touring - I'd seen the price paid for that in too many other people's marriages - and I was making a pretty decent living selling 70,000 to 100,000 albums per release instead of millions.
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I don't know to what extent someone can BECOME an artist - you either are or you aren't - and if you are you'll HAVE to make your way to some kind of sickly light, no matter how terrible the soil you were seeded in your nature will out somehow.
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I feel like I'm stepping into a place of spiritual contemplation every time I enter a studio; it's always had a certain magic to me that has never worn off with familiarity.
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I left for the same reasons everyone leaves jobs that are no longer fulfilling their hopes and aspirations. I didn't see myself spending the rest of my life being a strummer for someone else's dreams.
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I took the process of doing as much myself as I could like a duck to water. I set up my own label and publishing, etc, and it was a fun learning curve two decades ago.
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I was sharing a flat with the bass player, who had taken to rehearsing with a singularly loud punk band of an evening. The only solution I could conceive to the racket was to wean him back to something more in keeping with what I liked.
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I'd FAR prefer to have an agent take all that spade work from me. I don't take "no" for an answer very readily though.
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I'd make a terrible practitioner of any religion in any formal setting.
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I'm inclined to think that the 24th Century will have Dylan and Joni Mitchell as the two largest footnotes of the 20th Century.
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I'm now at the stage of being quite frequently, jaw-droppingly impressed by the artistry of other people's poetry.
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I'm pretty hopeless at fine art - it's a noodling hobby - and I doubt if I were offered a perfect exhibition space I could fill it in even another decade. I may be naive, but the poetry I still hold out some hope for.
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I'm pretty much below the radar of commercial visibility everywhere, though the US is indeed the place I've sadly most neglected.
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I've been getting pretty focused about that recently, and even considered doing a masters degree to polish up the craft. I've been pretty lucky in that I seem to have found people online who are willing to constructively tear it apart for me, and indicate its weaknesses.
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If you feel driven and compelled to make your work and to be fiercely original and have something unique to say, in a compelling way, then chances are the helpers will be there for you the doors will open some, the ice will crack.
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In some ways it's taken me decades to come clean and make honest work - and still to this day, sometimes I find myself wanting to hide behind my work and deny the more biographical aspects.
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In the early days I really enjoyed the freedoms it offered because I was happy to work the long hours as long as I was working from home a lot.
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My faith, inasmuch as I have any, is more like a kind of Joseph Campbell thing, and even that frequently finds itself tested to oblivion in siren waters.
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Now I'm having to live with sales of around 50,000 per album - but I'm pretty content with my place in the general scheme of things, even if it's meant I don't drive a fancy car and can't afford grand vacations.
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Now that I'm staring down the barrel of the last act of my life, I'm less excited about control and solo effort, and I resent the way the business aspects interfere with my space for creative writing.
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Oh yeah - for sure - hardly a week doesn't go by when I don't hear something wonderful that someone has made in some low-budget situation, primarily with a view to selling a few hundred copies at their concerts.
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So I told my brother I'd found the perfect bass player for our duets, and introduced my brother to my flat mate.
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So why sign your name in blood for more? It seemed like a sensible arrangement for me. I didn't sell large numbers of records and the record company paid advances they rarely recouped.
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The Clear Channel syndrome of pay-for-play, hard marketing-driven commerciality has an effect too - but it's been largely a situation of my own making.
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The low road is a life choice, so it's no good whining if having chosen it, you find it's exactly as described: stoney, difficult, unappreciated, and so on.
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The school was prone to dishing out punishments for anything creative that didn't fit with expectation - I just followed the logic and figured the folk club was probably much the same.
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There's nothing like doing something wrong to learn how it might be done better.
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Trust the tale, not the teller.
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Whatever the opposite of regret is best describes how I've always felt about that decision - it opened me up to a million creative opportunities I needed to experience away from the bull and distorting mirrors that fame engenders.
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You just have to be sufficiently driven not to give up, even when you're feeling about as popular as Vincent Van Gogh did when the good people of Arles sent him packing.
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You just have to love what you do, and do it obsessionally, and then maybe in a decade or so you'll notice you're getting better than you used to be. That's reward enough. It's not for butterflies.
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