Where do you find inspiration in your daily life? Do you have any recommended books, podcasts or publications?
I often tell people that I can be inspired by a dead thistle — it doesn’t take much to get me very excited! It was also Thoreau who said that we need not travel to distant countries seeking inspiration, but to spend more time looking in our own backyard, at the microcosm of life therein. That sentiment is one that I live by, as I am always looking to nature to fill up my head with new ideas and inspiration.
I also recommend reading poetry at least once a week. I prefer the heavy hitters: Richard Brautigan, Baudelaire, Wallace Stevens, Jean Arp, Robert Frost and Sylvia Plath to name a few.
For music, I usually have a constant rotation of the following artists:
For wild creative raw tunes: Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, Getatchew Mekurya, Kate Bush, Aesop Rock, Solex
For homespun nostalgia/chill beats: Tony Rice, Seldom Scene, John Prine, Horace Andy, Pantha du Prince
For melodrama and moodiness: The Smiths/Morrissey, Jeff Buckley,Tori Amos, Rufus Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Ryan Adams, Don Williams, Gillian Welch, Stephen Stills
For pure inspiration: Dylan, Bach, Neil Young’s soundtrack for Dead Man, The Byrds, T-Rex
For pure motivation/raw rock: Bad Brains, Soundgarden (early years), Metallica (anything before Load), Tool (Opiate), The Slits
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