I was reading an article about My Bloody Valentine‘s album Loveless.
Boy, is this depressing.
Because, it reminds me so much of myself when I am trying to complete something, the conflict between perfectionism and pragmatism.
It was only scheduled to be recorded in five days but took two years to complete, pretty much bankrupting their record label in the process.
While that is not as bad as how long it took Guns & Roses to complete Chinese Democracy, it is still pretty bad.
Kevin Shields had writer’s block for twenty years afterward.
The article compared his nervous breakdown to Brian Wilson and Syd Barret’s.
My medications help manage my depression, so the highs and lows aren’t as severe.
But, it doesn’t “cure” me of anything.
I still have to fight myself to do ordinary things.
I have to remind myself that the ideas in my head aren’t going to translate unscathed into the real world.
Sometimes, I just gotta work with what is readily at hand and GET SHIT DONE…. NOW.
Obsessing over details is a common problem for me.
“Noise Music” isn’t like that.
It is more like controlled chaos.
Fingerpainting with sound.
Throwing sand into the air.
There aren’t any wrong notes.
I dunno how to get into “the zone” when I need it.
So, I try hooking up with other artists.
Maybe they can help push me along.
Not always effective.
I used to meditate.
But, that got boring.
Drugs are no help.
I try drinking a little.
But, it is also always a crapshoot, if it will work.
The best I can do is just wait until I am ready, then take the opportunities when they present themselves.
It leaves a lot of work unfinished.
Quantity over quality.
But, at least that is doing something.
Maybe if I keep reminding myself to just “Get it done and over with” I will get further ahead with everything.
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One of my all time favorite tracks from a “desert island” album…