Sometimes I ask myself if I’m always working, or never. Is meeting strangers considered work? If so, I’ve largely eclipsed the 35 hour work week.
The sprawling members of the New York crew were devotees of chess, comic books, and various forms of eastern philosophies, often referring to their borough of Staten Island as ‘Shaolin Island.’ In southern France, far from its glamorous capital, most of IAM’s members took on the names of Egyptian pharaohs.
It feels oversimplistic to ignore our subconscious instinct towards forming patterns and observations. Why not utilize it to make ourselves better? Surrounding ourselves with meaningful potential can, in turn, create meaningful ‘coincidences’ in our everyday life.
I think my brain went berserk with the potential of the guitar. I remember grabbing a carrot peeler during an early recording session and using it on my guitar.
It’s a blind first stumble down a slippery slope — one that weakens my sense of direction, makes me send ‘lol’ instead of actually laughing, replaces essential parts of life and human connection simply because it can. I am scared that empathy will one day appear inconvenient, or optional.
The pride I feel for ‘Miles Ahead’ is immeasurable. It’s big and broad. It reaches all parts of me. My director pushed me, leaned on me, challenged me, relied on me to be better. He raised my game as a producer. But as a champion and a conqueror of my fear and anxiety? That was all me.
“The pictures were painted directly through me, without any preliminary drawings and with great force. I had no idea what the paintings were supposed to depict.”
I’ve slept in dilapidated shacks without heat, shat in holes in the ground, and wondered where a next meal will come from. I’m not suggesting people go back to that. But I am suggesting that western society has forgotten that we are organisms that need nature.
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