Article by Wendy McCance
I am a big fan of learning about the road other creatives travel to get to their own personal destination. It doesn’t matter if I am learning about a musician, artist, dancer, writer etc… I always seem to find some sentiment that hits me just right. I love that feeling of connection. That moment when someone is describing some of the feelings they had as they pursued their dream and it sounds just like what I have experienced.
I don’t know what it is about needing to feel like I’m not the only one to have felt a certain way as I make progress in my own pursuit of being a writer, but there is just something so satisfying and comforting hearing someone else say, yep I felt like that too.
I found this great interview on YouTube with Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. In it, he talked about his time as a drummer in Nirvana and then how he had to recreate himself once the band fell apart. Talk about starting over from scratch. He took a chance and did all of the things he never touched on in the previous band from singing lead to writing the songs. Then, he took it a step further and the Foo Fighters were born.
The way he interpreted his situation and how in touch he is with himself fascinated me. Even though I am not a musician, the steps he took, the way he viewed what he needed to do and how he felt doing struck a personal chord in me. So many of his thoughts sounded like thoughts I have had myself. A genius moment was when he said he needed to do things himself and explained why. He wanted to create and celebrate the imperfections. He realized that imperfection in many ways is more perfect than actual perfection. It’s more real, more soul bending. Perfection when all of the edges are smoothed out is boring. No better than a plastic replica of what could have been such a complex, masterful piece. Honestly there is no better form of art than something that was created and held intact in it’s truest form.
Anyway, it was an amazing interview.
If you would like to see the interview yourself, check it out below. It’s really worth taking some time to watch. Dave Grohl Interview
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