But we want something to care about, desperately. Give us some truth, sold with songs we can sing along to. We are your audience, not corporations. And no amount of hype will convince me any of the nominees were groundbreaking, one listen songs that will be repeated and listened to in the future. It’s all grist for the mill. Everybody’s shooting so low.
If you’re in a tribe with a blind mentality of total certainty, you’ll probably see a look of horror. It won’t just seem wrong, it’ll seem like heresy. They might get angry, they might passionately try to convince you otherwise, they might cut off the conversation—but there will be no open-minded conversation. And because identity is so intertwined with beliefs in blind tribalism, the person actually might feel less close to you afterwards. Because for rigidly tribal people, a shared dogma plays a more important role in their close relationships than they might recognize.
Completion. That’s what’s lacking amongst new acts. They think if they play they’re entitled to something. They don’t know you could play for decades and never really get much further from where you started, that you could work your whole life and never break through…
‘Each man has his own vocation… He is like a ship in a river; he runs against obstructions on every side but one, on that side all obstruction is taken away and he sweeps serenely over a deepening channel into an infinite sea.’
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
By closing the eyes and slumbering, and consenting to be deceived by shows, men establish and confirm their daily life of routine and habit everywhere, which still is built on illusory foundations.
– Henry David Thoreau
There’s always more to learn
An endless adventure, every day she’s brand new.
< Music > is that woman, who
You’ll hope will say,
“There’s very few who do a new-do like you do.”
But, alas, you’re the victim of her coup,
‘Cause she can always satisfy you…
‘Water suddenly boils, but the kettle must have been on the fire for some time.’
— Janwillem van de Wetering
Your name is Knecht (meaning servant), my friend, and perhaps for that reason the word ‘free’ is so alluring for you. But do not take it too seriously in this case. When the non-Castalians speak of the free professions, the word may sound very serious and even inspiring. But when we use it, we intend it ironically. Freedom exists in those professions only to the extent that the student chooses the profession himself. That produces an appearance of freedom, although in most cases the choice is made less by the student than by his family, and many a father would sooner bite off his tongue than really allow his son free choice. But perhaps that is slander; let us drop this objection. Let us say that the freedom exists, but it is limited to the one unique acto of choosing the profession. Afterward all freedom is over. When he begins his studies at the university, the doctor, lawyer, or engineer is forced into an extremely rigid curriculum which ends with a series of examinations. If he passes them, he receives his license and can thereafter pursue his profession in seeming freedom. But in doing so he becomes the slave of base powers; he is dependent on success, on money, on his ambition, his hunger for fame, on whether or not people like him. He must submit to elections, must earn money, must take part in the ruthless competition of castes, families, political parties, newspapers. In return he has the freedom to become successful and and well-to-do, and to be hated by the unsuccessful, or vice-versa…”
The really great men in the history of the world have all either known how to meditate or have unconsciously found their way to the place to which meditation leads us.
— Herman Hesse
Our intellectualized veneration for true music, all to frequently tainted by melancholic resignation, is a far cry from the charming, simple-hearted delight of music-making of [past] days.
— Herman Hesse
And up in the clouds I can imagine UFO’s joke with themselves, laughing and sayin, “Those people so up tight. They sure know how to make a mess.”
— Jimi Hendrix