hard work or talent

Some people want to put an artist in a box because they don't really like your lifestyle.

Mark Knofler famously sang, "that ain't workin', that's the way you do it, you play the guitar on the MTV, no that ain't working that's the way you do it, get your money for nothing get your chicks for free".

He was talking about some manual laborer making fun of rock musicians.

I don't know how hard some musicians work compared to how much they get paid, but it seems like Beyonce works very hard.

Bob Dylan seems to have worked hard his whole life even though he had plenty of money from early on, that's the same with Beyonce.

Yesterday someone told me I shouldn't compare myself to great successful artists for two reasons. Reason one is I haven't made money and won awards like they have, and reason two is it makes me look bad to other people when I talk about those artists because people think I'm saying I can relate to them like I consider myself to be their equal.

Well, I do consider myself to be their equal, as in, all people are created equal. I think that way.

Also, why do I want to have on my radar artists who have not broken through?

Just so we can all be in the struggle together?

Honestly, I don't think we're all in the struggle together anyway. I think if you're creating solo works you are going it alone and nobody else is on your path with you as much as you might like them to be or as much as they might wish to be.

It feels like Billy Jo Armstrong singing, "I walk this lonely road, the only one that I have ever known, don't know where it goes but it's only me and I walk alone".

So when somebody says to me, "Oh well you just work so hard and if you work that hard at it for that long something's bound to happen."

Yeah, sort of, but you can't just make it about how hard and long an artist works at their craft.

That's the scariest part! 

What if I put all my efforts, all my money, all my time into one big dream?

What if I fail?

What if it turns out that there's a missing ingredient to my formula and that missing ingredient is the one thing that money or hard work or effort can't buy. 

Is there an illusive thing that is "talent"?

Maybe it's an aptitude, an interest, a passion, an affinity.

I don't know if anyone knows about that word talent.

I don't like to use it.

But there is some sort of "je ne sais quoi"; the special something, the "I know not what" that a great artist has in any medium.

I don't know what I can do about that, certainly, absolutely nothing.

Claude Monet painted the waterlilies from the bridge more than one hundred times.

Only a few of those paintings are considered masterpieces.

Hard work, determination, passion, resolve. But what made a few of those efforts brilliant?

Luck, achievement, inevitability, talent.

Je ne sais quoi.

Here's Claude out having a cig by the bridge and the waterlilies, looking like a boss:

 

 

Comments

Courtney May 04, 2018 @10:20 pm
Amen Josephine❤️
Josephine Lane May 04, 2018 @12:21 pm
Persistence! Never give up.
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