Listening last night on a great piece by NPR on cult musician and publicity recluse Jandek. You can follow it here.
Great quote at end of piece on by music critic Douglas Wolk. It applies to us all: “There’s not an obligation to be famous,” Wolk says. “We live in a culture that has impressed on us the idea that everybody not only can be famous, but should or must be famous, and if you’re not famous, you’ve failed, and if you’re making art and the world doesn’t cheer you, then it’s a failure, and that’s just a lie. And it’s a lie that Jandek realizes is a lie, and he’s gotten around it his own way.”
Some readers might think that I have these very polyanna views about making art, and existing inside the vacuum, and if you get tons of success you are just a sellout. This is not exactly true, my point is more that accolades are fantastic, but making work that comes from your heart is really the most important thing. So just go on and do it already. I’ll settle for big in Japan.