"You have to really love what you’re doing and just keep trying, staying persistent and keeping at it."

I have been juggling a number of projects lately. In the midst of the creative chaos staying focused on the essentials has been challenging to say the least. While researching some music-related things I ran across a terrific Bill Frisell interview on the "All About Jazz" site. In the middle of the interview, this nugget (from Bill) popped out...a very good reminder, regardless of your creative endeavor or vocation:

"You have to really love what you’re doing and just keep trying, staying persistent and keeping at it. Every time I have done something with any kind of ulterior motive other than just for the music, I’ve always gotten into trouble. I have always tried not to sacrifice any part of the music and kept my focus on what I’m getting out of it musically and I think that’s where people get into trouble. They start looking for something other than the music, whether it’s for money, girls, or trying to get famous. You start running after something you’ll never figure out because you can never figure out what people want you to do. You have to do what you want to do and believe in that and that’s all you can do really. I know there are pressures and it’s not easy, but it’s just a disaster if you start running around trying to figure out what somebody else thinks is right."1


  1. Bill Frisell: The Quiet Genius by LLOYD N. PETERSON JR., Published: June 24, 2009 ↩︎