“You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.” – Stephen King
I remember going to a singer’s house a few years ago for a rehearsal and noticing that she had only about 15 CDs in her collection. This was before the days of uploading your collection to your computer, so it really was her entire collection. It was shocking to me.
How can you make music if you don’t listen to music?
Read this next quote, but swap the word read for listen...
“So we read to experience the mediocre and the outright rotten; such experience helps us to recognize those things when they begin to creep into our own work, and to steer clear of them. We also read in order to measure ourselves against the good and the great, to get a sense of all that can be done. And we read in order to experience different styles.” -Stephen King
Do you listen to as much as you can? Or do you listen to the stuff you’ve heard before – the stuff you know that you like? Do you listen to mediocre music, just as a warning of what not to do?
My current listening:
What are you listening to?
(photo by Ali Eisner)