For they who fashion songs must live too close to pain,
Acquaint themselves too well with grief and tears:
Must make the slow, deep, throbbing pulse of years
And their own heartbeats one; watch the slow train
Of passing autumns paint their scarlet stain
Upon the hills, and learn that beauty sears.
The whole worlds’s woe and heartbreak must be theirs,
And theirs each vision smashed, each new dream slain.
But sing again, oh you who have the heart,
Sweet songs as fragile as a passing breath,
Although your broken heartstrings make your lyre,
And each pure strain must rend the soul apart;
For it was ever thus: to sing is death;
And in your spirit flames your body’s pyre.
Zach Lind, drummer for the band Jimmy Eat World, wrote a great post on his blog about the importance of being confident in your creative work for the sake of the work itself rather than for the outcome or success of that work.
My friend Shane Hipps uses a great term that Iâ€™ve adopted, â€œDivest your self from the outcomes.â€ Becoming too attached to the opinions of others can lead an artist outside themselves, altering their original motivation and inspiration. This is incredibly hard to do and in a sense, itâ€™s impossible. But attaching yourself to the outcomes must be resisted, even when the outcome is complimentary to your work. If you are not content with your work, keep working. If you are content with your work, own it and release it out into the world and never look back. Good reviews and bad reviews of what youâ€™ve done are just steaming piles of dung, worthless to who you are as an artist.