I was on a course at Cambridge University last week and was reminded of the power of community. It was so inspiring to be surrounded by so many brilliant minds. So many amazing artists all devouring other great works. Talking about everything from Keats to Dylan, Leonard Cohen to the gospel of John. This is where I’m most happy, around thinking people, around creative artists. Songs write themselves in these situations. You also recognise the importance of these works to the individuals in the group.
You are in a creative, energetic vortex. Your brilliance shifts and lifts. What I’m trying to say is that you must surround yourself with what you love. With what lifts you. The problems you naturally face as an ‘artist’ will fall away because you won’t notice them anymore. Such is the power of community, the right community. I am acutely aware of the importance of being self sufficient and independent as an artist. People come to mind like Kate Bush, like Bob Dylan, like Joni Mitchell, like Juliette Lewis but all of these independent artists were/are surrounded by their musical community whether it’s their family or their lovers or their friends. The were born into it or they sought it out. Otherwise creativity’s hard work. If you don’t have one, seek one out or create one.