My oldest daughter was gifted a book from her auntie when she was three years old. The book was called “ish”. The word ish is added to adjectives to form adjectives which indicate that someone or something has a quality to a small extent. For example, something that is largish is fairly large. You know, like that shirt is pink-ish, or that man in the green suit is leprechaun-ish.
The childrens’ book’s concept is that art (a painting in this case and songwriting in mine) does not have to be exact or literal to be good. The value of it is that it is discernible as an abstract artistic representation of an idea. It is conceptual and conceptual is fine. As I say in my song, Bonfire, "The light of the moon is not the moon, the moon is cold and grey. The light of the moon is not the moon, it is reflecting the suns rays."
I'm sure you've heard the phrase you must be like a child to enter the kingdom of heaven. Heaven is a conceived place on earth, just like hell. If you stop yourself from creating because you don’t make a song perfect your life will be hell-ish. In my song "The River Knows the Route" I have a line that says, "Hell is knowing who you are and not living that way." I know that I am a songwriter and embracing that feels, well, heavenly!
My favorite advice I was ever given...
Go Write Songs!
All religions, all this singing, one song. The differences are just illusion and vanity. The sun's light looks a little different on this wall than it does on that wall, and a lot different on this other one, but it's still one light."
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