“The Universe is full of magical things — patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
— W.B. Yeats
“You have to get a picture in your mind about why a person is saying what he’s saying on the instrument, cause it kind of gives you an idea of the emotion in the song, cause that’s what it’s all about, you’re emoting there when you’re playing. It’s not about trying to get everything and put it all out there at one time, cause playing is like conversation, you’re talking to somebody, or you’re shouting at somebody, that’s how you feel at that particular moment.”
— Paul Guy Interview
I hope death is like being carried to your bedroom when you were a child & fell asleep on the couch during a family party. I hope you can hear the laughter from the next room.
— Lillies Abounded
“If it’s true that we’re all from the center of a star, that every atom in each of us is from the center of a star, then we’re all the same thing…So, if that’s true, then I am everywhere in the universe, in an extended sense, and therefore, it’s only me out there, so what is there to be afraid of? ….
There’s nothing to be afraid of, because it’s all us.
The trouble is, we’ve been separated from being that universe by being born, and given a name, and an identity…We’ve been separated from the oneness. People have this yearning to be part of the overall one again….
— George Carlin
Reality is only real…because you are dreaming it so.
— Alberto Villodo
Part of our story, part of our anguish, is being separated from our “oneness”, as Carlin is saying. That’s part of what artists are expressing, but the other part is celebration. Artists who manage to say something real are able to isolate and focus their expression on an emotion or perception so we can see it too. That takes some work; in fact it takes more than just effort and application, it takes a personal need to find some guiding truth.