YOU’RE CRAZY! (Read time 1:19)
I first found out I was crazy when I discovered I couldn’t stop the constant stream of impossible dreams, crazy fantasies and unlimited possibilities frolicking around between my ears. It began when Sister Thomas Francis dragged me out of math class, marched me down the hall to an all girls’ English lit class and insisted I stand in front of the room and read the Kipling poem, Gunga Din in my best English accent. (She overheard me singing Beatle songs (with an English accent) in the cafeteria and was impressed.) I loved it! After that incident, my confidence kicked up a notch. I joined a theater group, started a rock band, accepted my dads offer to work in the movie studios, and thus sealed my destiny in showbiz forever. And out of that excitement and enthusiasm about knowing exactly what I wanted to do with the rest of my life the download began; a relentless stream of crazy ideas, outrageous desires and impossible dreams that has never stopped.
"Tho' I've belted you and flayed you,
|Posted By Paula Maya|
| YOU'RE CRAZY |
This is what came to my mind reading your story Michael, and all the posts above. I remember at 4 years old waking up very early, before anybody else, and going to my little 'Vitrola' to play a vinyl of Dvorak's music. I also remember when I was a pre-teen feeling 'pain' and crying because of music. Sound. I realized it touched me so deeply, it even scared me. Thanks Michael, and all!
|Posted By Win|
| Thanks for inspiration |
Michael that's the perfect knowing I'm one of ten siblings,always been different,I'm a free thinker thats following my dreams no matter what they say making transitions from one genre to another, trusting my inner voice, than what others think or say
|Posted By Steven Woodward|
| Perfectly said! |
That is the best summed up explanation I've ever read. I wish the entire world could read it. You have done what I have aspired to do all of my life. Liberate people and help them go after their dreams.
|Posted By Tom Patterson|
| I am crazy, and that's O.K. |
T. F. as we lovingly remember her – did the same for me! She made me stand in front of the girl’s glee club and sing “If Ever I Should Leave You” from Camelot and it felt good. And I knew what I wanted too! But there was a roadblock, a nemesis, a controller – my mom - trapped inside the body of a crazy artist, unhappy and unable to allow her art to escape – So I ran and ran and ran and did crazy things. I was told – be sane, get real –you have a family to raise, and wanting to please, I did, and was unhappy. Now, I’ve raised my beautiful family, financially lost everything, starting over at 63, which makes it possible to be completely crazy!! I’m not running anymore – I am crazy – I know that now – and that’s O.K. Thank you Michael, for your input!
|Posted By Rachel|
| Ideas...flow!! |
Great post Michaeal! I agree!! The ideas energize more ideas!! (Now if I could just do something about this nodding of my head...) :-) Have a great day! Rachel
|Posted By maggie z|
| Crazy- yup-yup |
Indeed... I use the crazy as a beckon... a confirmation if you will. At 50 I abandoned a long nursing career to pursue my passion- I am an ARTIST! My decision sparked fear and genuine concern and worry for me by my family and friends- I got lots of "Your're crazy" comments- and each time I heard "Your're crazy"... and I still hear it frequently it reaffirms- I am on the right path-Thank-you! I am on my path...yup yup!
|Posted By Rudy Duke|
| Ooookay... |
I love your inspiring and encouraging posts. But...the day job. Sucks out my soul and stifles creativity. Really don't mean to be a downer because I believe in you, myself and all of the other creators .But post 10 ways to take a year off work and not loose your home while putting a kid through college. something like that is the help most of us need.
|Posted By Rick Clogston|
| Agreement |
Total agreement. At my age, and with a family and a mortgage, I have taken the path that has one of my feet in each world. Which, if anything, makes me even crazier, but I'm not trying to upstage you. Anyway, the key here is to prioritize. The illusion-of-sanity side must give way, not to half measures, but to full-out BWAAAAHHH banana-wacky 911 turbo foot-on-the-floor whew heh-heh-heh you get the idea.
|Posted By Loni Specter|
| Cwazy |
Cwazy is expecting Elma to catch da wabbit
|Posted By Randhal Witcomb|
| Crazy Brit |
Artists in the USA always try to look like they have it together. Across the pond, we've always been crazy and proud of it! We also love all your thought provoking posts Michael, keep it up mate.
|Posted By Andy Stephenson|
| Interesting. |
Nothing new really, but few see it.
|Posted By Nicole Suell ( @NiKoSouL)|
| Holy freaking Cow! |
This came RIGHT ON TIME!!! OMG. All I kept thinking while reading this is, "I am not crazy. This is so affirming non-profit, music publishing... I was made to read "IF" by Runyard in 6th grade". Wow!!!! Thank You JM Dolan.
|Posted By Michael B Birnholz|
| Crazy is the new 20 |
I have no idea what the subject of my comment means, other than to say, at 44 I am clear, focused, excited, and absolutely off my rocker. I eat, sleep, and _ _ _ _ my business, my ideas, and my visions. I literally cannot wait to wake up and HAVE AT IT. I absolutely loved this particular post, because I think CRAZY is the new 20.
|Posted By Spunky Munkey|
| Very True |
Sure there are basket cases of perhaps failure in show business, but whether it be Neil young driving to California or ZZ Top taking a 2 yr break, after 7 yrs straight gigging and going in different world directions, the long run was in the mind. I do think though some of the artists who would have made it in the 70's and 80's are having a harder time today.
|Posted By Marcia|
| Wait for me! |
Wait! Wait!... let me disrobe of these annoying clothes of repression and ride this train with you all... naked and laughing!
|Posted By jim meskimen|
| Happy to be "crazy" |
You hit it on the head, Michael! "Crazy" is the old fashioned version of "Unelectable"; it's meant as a distracting epithet, not as a sensible evaluation. "You Suck" is another such useless phrase. I'm happy whenever ideas are flowing, and do all in my power to keep that flow alive- it's who I am, not a symptom of what is wrong with me or anyone else.
|Posted By Crazy Sheila|
| Liberated! |
I knew it! I knew I was crazy but I've always tried to be normal! No more will I pretend to be one of the crowd, nor more will I attempt to blend in with the herd, I'm an artist damn it! And I'm crazier than a loon and proud of it! Sweet liberation Michael, sweet liberation!