Hard Times (0:47)
I’m fortunate (if not blessed) to interact with a broad range of crazy, creative, genius clients every week. Some are extremely wealthy, while others are just getting by—just the same, all of them go through hard times. And what I notice is that while it’s true that money, whether you have too much or too little, can often be a contributing factor in stalling or pausing a worthwhile project or career, it’s also nevertheless true that the persistent, unwavering, constant stream of innovative ideas, visions and solutions cannot be stopped by the crush of financial calamity or even the sudden set-back of distressing circumstances. And for most creatives, that streaming download of bright ideas never stops—and in fact can often be a life-saver!
|Posted By Rachel Walker|
| Bad times Great Art |
Through a dream history is made, and history does not cater to the status quo. :-)
|Posted By Patricia Shih|
| carpe diem |
When our work slowed down when the recession hit I was really distressed, and it's been going down ever since, with me getting more and more worried. Would I have to get a J-O-B? All our creative friends are suffering. So what has changed? Not our income, but my attitude. I did -- and do -- everything I can to stay in the game but the dollars and jobs still aren't there like they used to be. BUT now instead of fretting, which does absolutely no good, I use my down time to create, create, create. When good times return -- and I believe they will -- I will be ready with a TON of new work, albums, videos, songs. Meanwhile, we tighten our belts.
|Posted By Kingvegas|
| Bad Times |
Good timing as always. You must be part of the universe that sends me timely bits of encouragement to help me to keep going. Someday (sooner than later) I hope to sit down with you and talk about what I'm going through right now. *Or* I could go get a 9-5 and trade my dreams and years of hard work and diligence for a predictable (and paltry) paycheck building someone *else's* dream. Somehow when I put on a guitar and fire up my gear my mind focuses on that moment. Hours fly by. The trick for me is being aware of *noodling* vs being productive and putting the wheels on things. A Bugatti is a paperweight without wheels. One really good tune could *be* a Bugatti. Or a few Porsches and a McLaren...
|Posted By Anonymous|
| Hard Times |
My hard times felt like they would last forever. I thought I would never recover, and even drove a taxi for awhile to get by. But I read a lot of books and took a lot of notes in that taxi. And while it took a few years, I finally came through it and got my groove back. It was a devastating corporate rip-off. I’m currently writing a book about it. That could be the only silver lining.
|Posted By Roc O|
| great lyrics |
Great blog as usual! Thanks for getting the credit right on the bottom quote. “Born Under A Bad Sign” was first recorded by Albert King, but Creams’ version was a giant hit in 1968. The lyrics were written by William Bell in 1954, However, they were inspired from an earlier tune titled “Bad Luck Blues” by Lightnin’ Slim.