Is there really any other useful advice for an artist? Show up. Do the work. That’s it. Breaking it down any further, expanding on the subtleties of what it is to make stuff, is just a very enjoyable, intellectual hobby. … Continue reading
I did an interview recently about practicing music. You can read the whole thing over at Pursuit Of Music. Here’s a snippet: “What does your everyday schedule look like to improve your skill as a guitarist?” I tour a lot, … Continue reading
“Follow your passion” is not really good advice. Instead, get really good at something rare and valuable. Skills trump passion. This is what Cal Newport’s new book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You is all about. I came across Newport’s … Continue reading
I’ve been reading Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit again. Today I read through the chapter on skill. Tharp lists the categories of skills she uses in her work as a dancer/choreographer: musical skill dramatic skill painterly skill sculptural skill psychological … Continue reading
Alice Herz-Sommer is the world’s oldest known Holocaust survivor and maybe the most inspiring person alive. Watch this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMfxU3fCobw At 108 years old, she still practices the piano for 3 hours every day!