it's a great life, if you don't weaken (matociquala) wrote,
it's a great life, if you don't weaken
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i must have brought the bad weather with me

I was just twittering about Emmylou Harris and Jerry Garcia, and specifically Jerry forgetting the lyrics, and how Emmylou Harris is not afraid to go after a note with everything she's got, to let her voice go harsh with emotion, and if the note comes apart at the seams, well, that was its natural end.

And that thing--that very willingness to push it until it falls apart instead of playing it safe, is exactly what makes her Emmylou Harris and not some lesser creature.

It applies to all art. Art doesn't come from concealing your flaws and vulnerabilities; it comes from owning them.

You gain your dignity as an artist by telling the truth, no matter how scary and shameful, over and over again. You gain dignity by sacrificing it--for honesty. The specific is universal.
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