I spent the morning listening to the one and only Nasir Jones talk about his 20 year career in the music business on NPR’s Microphone Check podcast. He spoke about inspiration, confidence, intention, knowledge and what it means to find yourself on this continuum of great artists and creators.
I often find my head spinning with thoughts about the history of music, black music, black women’s music, singers, songwriters – always asking questions about where we’ve come from and where we’re going. There are people who argue that everything has been already been said. Every story already written. Every image already photographed. Nothing new under the sun. Is that true? I don’t know. But I do know that despite the possibility of that being true, the importance of telling ones story and/or telling the stories of others is no less necessary. Perhaps the purpose of the arts is to ultimately leave a record which is so accessible for the human spirit, so recognizable, that we are fully able to realize that we are not now, nor have we ever been, truly alone. Our fundamental experiences are shared.
Any artists can tell you that whatever that spark is that drives you to create is a shared and insatiable one. Everything you do, leads you to want to do more and see more and learn more with more people. As I evolve as a human, as an artist, as a creator, I get a lot of joy and validation in the longevity of creation. Not only how long my art will last, but also the sheer amount of time that, god willing, I’ll be able to keep creating it. I am charged by the possibilities of inspiration. The possibilities of access. The possibilities of exposure.
I’m filled up with the privilege of being ever more the artist I seek to be, ever more an evolving being and ever more happy.
“Strictly living longevity to the destiny.” – Nas