Monday, June 30, 2008

Quote of the day.

Found this one all over again in the process of packing, unpacking and moving from one completely new work building to the other and, just like that, it resounded deeply within me, just as it did the first time. Whether you are a musician or an arteest, the core of this message (aka the lines I so happily bolded) applies.

From Kim Cooper’s book In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (33 1/3), based on the album of the same name by Neutral Milk Hotel:


Julian Koster, whose life was immeasurably enriched by the souls he found in Ruston, has a message for young musicians and artists who are trying to find their way. It seems like he’s talking to his teenage self when he says, emphatically and sweetly, “I think what Elephant 6 meant for us is very simple: there’s something pure and infinite in you, that wants to come out of you, and can come out of no other person on the planet. That’s what you’ve got to share, and that’s as real and important as the fact that you’re alive. We were able, at a really young age, to somehow protect each other so we could feel that. The world at large, careerism, money, kids, nothing is going to give you that message, necessarily. In fact, most things are going to lead you away from it, sadly, because humanity is really confused at the moment. But you wouldn’t exist if the universe didn’t need you. And any time I encounter something beautiful that came out of a human somewhere, that’s them, that’s their own soul. That’s just pure, whatever its physicality is, if the person can play piano, if they can’t play piano, if they’re tone deaf, whatever it is, if it’s pure, it hits you like a sledgehammer. It fills up your own soul, it makes you glad you’re alive, it lets you come out of you. And that’s what we need: we desperately need you.”

3 comments:

tim & brandi said...

I haven't read the book, but that album is one of my very favorites. In fact, I may just have to throw that one on today... and someday I'll definitely have to read the book.

~b

frog said...

That's lovely. Thanks for posting that.

ram said...

There's this great interview with jeff mangum that i really loved that touched on a lot of the same themes. All these Elephant 6 guys are great artists - OTC, The Minders, The Apples in Stereo (recently featured in a samsung commercial I think), but he said something to the effect of they were going to conquer the depression and sadness of the world with their music. I'll try to find it and send it to you. maybe I'll have a special email for Tuesday...