"Four out of every five leading black vocalists today had their beginnings in the choir or behind the altar", according to the February 1973 issue of, Sepia Magazine’s, article entitled, "How Black Churches Became A School For Singing Stars".
“Right from the start it’s a death sentence. That’s what they keep telling me. Well guess what? Every life comes with a death sentence … Maybe even today day I’m going to hear some bad news, but until then. Who’s in charge? Me. That’s how I live my life.”—Walter White
“It seems to me that the years between eighteen and twenty-eight are the hardest, psychologically. It’s then you realize this is make or break, you no longer have the excuse of youth, and it is time to become an adult – but you are not ready.”—Helen Mirren (via kirasakurai)
The fearless person is well aware of the fear she faces. The fear, though, becomes a compass, not a barrier. It becomes a way to know what to do next, not an evil demon to be extinguished. When we deny…
“I think I started having more success when I stopped feeling like there was a narrative to my life. I think once you let go of that idea, then first off you stop seeing yourself as the most important thing in your narrative, you see yourself as more of a component. There’s no art to my story. There’s no like, climax or anticlimax… so trying to find where things connected or what’s ‘in my arc’ didn’t make a lot of sense. And once I let go of that — cause that was a big thing for me in high school and college — I think I started having more success or became happier.”—
Wow, I love this. Kind of summarizes, in a much more articulate way, what I’ve kind of discovered recently. Which is that it is dangerous to have a plan. To have a list. Life is full of twists and turns and feelings and thoughts you’ll never see coming. It’s far better to ride the wave than it is to try and predict it. You’ll never win.
Do I edit while I’m creating? Naw. It just doesn’t work for me that way. There’s a talent to that. There’s a talent to creating something that doesn’t compromise you and that is accessible and still really creative and beautiful. Every now and then, you can hear someone who’s able to do that and that changes the course of what’s happening. We all follow along.