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Loneliness and the Artist

January 5, 2012

Being a songwriter can be lonely. Ask Pete Townshend. Or better yet, ask Roger Daltrey about Pete Townshend.

I should rephrase that.

Being an artist can be lonely.

I feel like Seth Godin, Hugh MacLeod, Steven Pressfield, or someone else along those lines has said that. But it’s true. We’re all lonely to begin with, but then to tie yourself to something that involves countless hours of solitude…When I think about it that way, it’s no wonder my friends would misinterpret me saying “I’m practicing” into “I’m sitting alone in my basement with my hands bleeding,” and then come over and save me.  Some of them eventually realized - regardless of them being at my house and consequently me technically being the host - that I’m not going to stop playing guitar.  Go ahead and play GameCube (this is mid aughts), maybe I’ll join you after I finish this solo.

I think some artists glorify the loneliness, and I think the people looking at the artist think that because she’s working alone, she must be lonely. I try not to glorify the loneliness because it’s never going away. It’s not always there, but it’s not going away

Plus I’m sure there are dozens of songs to be written from there.

Boy, am I tired.