UP AMONG THE FIRS WHERE IT SMELLS SO SWEET
OR DOWN IN THE VALLEY WHERE THE RIVER USED TO BE
I GOT MY MIND ON ETERNITY
SOME KIND OF ECSTASY GOT A HOLD ON ME
—SONGWRITER BRUCE COCKBURN
One of my goals as a creative person is to balance my input and output. If I never output any original media, then I’m merely a consumer. But if all I do is work, without taking time to receive inspirational input, then eventually my output begins to go stale and dry up. So I read books, look at artwork, watch movies, go hiking, have conversations with friends and family, and generally live my life.
The truth is this: Unless you live quarantined in a white room, you are perpetually exposed to input—whether from graffiti on a subway ...