The Required Burning: Notes from a Musical Mid-Life Crisis

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The artistic work of a life, or the life of an artist, is about the doing of the work, the going of the work — the writing of this essay, the singing of this song. The audience, the outcome, the success or failure of that work cannot be a consideration in the making of it or we are doomed. Doomed to rely on formulas, to pander to the invisible critic in our heads.

I need to know that God loves me and that I love me — or at least that I’m trying to, regardless of my “success” or “failure.”

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