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We always have a basic structure for a piece of music, but we encourage the musicians to elaborate on whatever they feel at that particular moment. There’s a definite conversation happening on stage. I think it is very important for us as creative musicians, to instantaneously describe any energy that is visible at that time.
The moments of grace usually give us more than one good thing we can do, and we do well if we manage a pretty good batting average. … It is an opportunity that God sews into the fabric of a routine situations – It is a chance to do something creative, something helpful, something healing, something that makes one unmarked spot in the world better off for our having been there.
As I see it, creative achievement is the very heart of the human enterprise… The destiny of man, of all men and of each man, is that he is condemned to invent what he will be – condemned if he is fearful but blessed if he welcomes the great adventure. We are responsible in the last analysis, not simply for what we are, but for what we will become; and that is a source of either high excitement or distress.
We started the band with a work ethic of ‘it’s us against the world’ and that is something that our fans aligned with, too. Together, we speak a common language. I think that motto has helped us keep the creative force alive all these years while the fans have kept the fire burning for us to always be excited to create new music for them. Without the fans, we are a band without a home.
Society cannot contribute anything to the breeding and growing of ingenious men. A creative genius cannot be trained. There are no schools for creativeness. A genius is precisely a man who defies all schools and rules, who deviates from the traditional roads of routine and opens up new paths through land inaccessible before. A genius is always a teacher, never a pupil; he is always self-made.
I do seem to work in a lot of different mediums, which means it keeps things fresh and sparks interest in me. Fame and fortune is fairly irrelevant to me. It’s nice because it gives creative freedom. But just wanting to be famous is ridiculous because it’s so vacuous. So, I get offered lots of different things and if they spark my interest, I’ll try and do them because they form part of a wider creative circle.
The way you create any outcome in your life is to hold the vision of your deepest desires. At the same time, though, you must honestly and accurately assess your current situation and how it relates to your greater vision. By doing this, you engage tension between what is and what can be. This tension is the primary creative force behind the manifestation of any outcome. It’s as natural and powerful as the force of gravity.