Tim Hinck's thoughts on music and life- There is a lady living across the street from me. She is dying of cancer. I have never seen anyone so full of life and energy. She loves to work outside in the flowers and grass of her yard. I can see her savoring every sunny day... the way she stands up from planting a flower bulb with such satisfaction on her face and claps the dirt from her gloves with resolution. I want to be like that lady.

Location: Schalkwijk, Utrecht, Netherlands

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Composing a Symphony

a combination of watching a dutch version of "LIVES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS" and a chat with a friend about writing music got me thinking today: Do rich folks have something besides incredible drive and ingenuity that help them get ahead? Did famous composers like Bach and Beethoven have something a little less mystical than inspiration that helped them write their tunes?...

...most rich people will tell you that getting that wealth takes a LOT of hard work and sacrifice... successful musicians will tell you the same thing; but i picked up on a little insight watching the RICH&FAMOUS show the other day: it seems that most of these people had a quirk that they exploited and took huge risks on.... [their unique facial profile that set them apart from other models, and set a new trend in modeling tastes] [a taste for old 1800's circus paraphernalia] [insomnia] [whatever].

but what was really interesting was that these really successful people didn't have to work hard at standing out, or being different, they just had to work hard to be themselves. it was as if they had these fascinating quirks ingrained in them that needed escape. the same with musician of great reputation.. they didn't need to struggle to stand out, only to struggle not to conform.

i suppose the moral is.. if you want to write a symphony or become a millionaire, the hardest part isn't the hard work and motivation, it's not being afriad to nurture your quirks. after all, being exceptional is boring... but being quirky is exceptional. as musicians, or artists, or thinkers, we just need to quit thinking about our work so much, and just PRODUCE PRODUCE PRODUCE.

well, it's not a symphony, but here's my latest project:


Anonymous jeremiah said...

Yes. Production is where it's at! You'll get something great if you keep putting out. In my case: draw, draw, draw. Try it out; see what it looks like. If you never draw it or try it out, you'll never know. You draw it and you know exactly what it looks like and if it works or not.

4/20/2006 9:27 AM  
Blogger At night His song is with me said...

i like this post a lot. cool thought. makes me feel a little better. i need to try harder to just be be be myself. by the way, how's life?

4/25/2006 12:11 PM  

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