Monday, November 19, 2007

Neil Young - Short Take On the Creative Process

So blur your eyes a bit, and he could be talking about the difficulties of moving, through the craft of any art, into the art of any art. It's another version of something I've thought about a lot in conjunction with Creative Writing Workshops:

Neil Young:

"At a certain point, trained, accomplished musicians, hit the wall. They don't go there very often, they don't have the tools to go through the wall, because it's the end of notes. It's the other side, where there's only tone, sound, ambience, landscape, earthquakes, pictures, fireworks, the sky opening, buildings falling, subways collapsing. . . . When you go through the wall, the music takes on that kind of atmosphere, and it doesn't translate the way other music translates. When you get to the other side, you can't go back. I don't know too many musicians who try to go through the wall. I love to go through the wall."


At 11/19/2007 1:29 PM, Blogger Andrew Shields said...

So what he's saying is that there is a lot that can be taught, but that there's a limit to what can be taught.

But he's saying it on the other side of the wall. :-)

At 11/19/2007 4:41 PM, Blogger John Gallaher said...

Yeah, that's what I've always liked best about him.


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