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Painting With One Color

I like to write songs that are sad. I’m great at wistful, bittersweet, hurt. For a long time that was how generally how I felt in life. I got into a groove of writing songs that reflected my inner melancholy. I know the formula: a repetitive piano riff over moving chords, a pleading chorus, a few punch-you-in-the-gut lines. Sadness is my “zone.” But I’m generally not a sad person, at least not anymore. I have…

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Do You Have To Be Tortured To Make Good Art?

Where does inspiration come from? It’s a classic artist conundrum: to be content and uninspired, or unhappy with lots of material. We’re attached to the archetype of the brilliant tortured artist (Kurt Cobain, Elliott Smith) or the musician who only writes songs about breakups (Lily Allen, Taylor Swift).

Given that my favorites are dark, tortured souls (Fiona Apple, The National), I’ve often felt like I had to make a choice in my personal development: to pursue happiness, or to pursue art. But not both.

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Monday Morning Inspiration – 11.2.15

1) The Eternal Power of Emotional Pop: The Decades Long Legacy of the Adele Success Story via Baeble Music How emotionally bare songwriting strikes a chord with the masses. 2) The National – Sea of Love via Song Exploder The National break down how they collaborated to create a beautiful song. Also, I shamelessly adore this band. 3) The Science of Mindlessness and Mindfulness via On Being This podcast includes one of the most useful…

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Monday Morning Inspiration – 10.26.15

1) The Internet is My Religion A wild ride of a memoir from a guy who followed his passion. 2) This I Believe via NPR Personal statements from ordinary and extraordinary people across all walks of life. 3) “Bravery is a choice, not a feeling” via Chris Guillebeau “Your voice is never lost; it’s waiting to be uncovered.” 4) 6 Tips to Transform from Master Procrastinator to Moderately Disciplined Writer via NaNoWriMo Practical tips for…

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