Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Writing on the sidewalk

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Rufus Wainwright

Yes, I write on piano and guitar, and I also sometimes write on the sidewalk…when I’m walking around on the street, without an instrument even. I think one of the major tactics of songwriting is dementia. And confusion. And unconsciousness. One of the best ways to get in touch with that is to walk around the streets of New York…

I think any songwriter, really, is basically a thermometer that’s taking the temperature of society. Great songs are essentially already written. You just have to discover them—and be open to them, [which] requires action in life. It requires participating in life.

Rufus Wainwright

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May 19, 2013 at 9:50 am

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  1. you mention dementia, Yes I think everyone can get this how?? by not taking care or using ones brain, I think we spend way to much time watching then learning to use this device god gave us. Kids , adults spend an awful lot of time either watching TV or video games or on the computer for hours and hours, I think reading and what I do is write, blogging helps me to keep my brain in shape! oh that’s another thing I think we don’t get enough of fresh air! exercise.


    May 19, 2013 at 11:25 am

  2. As the parent of a five-month-old daughter, this is something I think about a lot.


    May 20, 2013 at 9:35 pm

  3. Reblogged this on ultracrepidarian and commented:
    This Quote of the Day from Alec Nevala-Lee made me grin … a little crazily, I’ll admit. A resounding ‘YES!’ from me!


    May 24, 2013 at 1:02 pm

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