Famine EP

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To Artists from Artists: Ordeal

I wanted to take a minute to speak to anyone who’s still here with me who happens to create, all of you artists. A good number of people don’t believe in the notion that inner turmoil drives art. On really sunny days, I’m nodding along with those folks. On the other days, I look to the small and terrible band of tortured souls who made something striking: the van Goghs, Plaths, Cobains, Picassos, Monroes, Winehouses. For those of you artists who feel a little off your rocker sometimes, a few quotes from your kin:

"The intellect of man is forced to choose/ Perfection of the life, or of the work/ And if it take the second must refuse/ A heavenly mansion, raging in the dark." // Yeats

”There’s a creative urge that gets inside you, like ‘Alien.’ For me, it’s a constant battle of deciding when not to explode, when to use that emotion to feed you creatively. There’s a constant fear, because you’re pushing something to the edge. And at the same time, there’s a fear you might become too civil, too sane.” // Martin Scorcese

"For some are sane and some are mad/ And some are good and some are bad / And some are better, some are worse/ But all may be described in verse." // TS Eliot

"What am I in most people’s eyes? A nonentity or an eccentric and disagreeable man… I should want my work to show what is in the heart of such an eccentric, of such a nobody." // van Gogh

"I dare affirm that any artist… who has nothing singular, eccentric, or at least reputed to be so, in his person, will never become a superior talent." // Michelangelo

"I do strongly feel that among the greatest pieces of luck for high achievement is ordeal. Certain great artists can make out without it, Titian and others, but mostly you need ordeal. My idea is this: the artist is extremely lucky who is presented with the worst possible ordeal which will not actually kill him. At that point, he’s in business: Beethoven’s deafness, Goya’s deafness, Milton’s blindness, that kind of thing." // John Berryman

I’m interested to know if any of you find inner turmoil or ‘ordeal’ to be a driving force in your creative life?

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William Price III: Thank you, or How Cancer Has Been Good to Me

younglionyounglover:

As of today, 462 people have made a generous offer of kindness in supporting my wife and I, post-cancer treatment. We don’t deserve their support, but they’ve given it. We didn’t earn it from them; we don’t know most of them; and they are mostly anonymous to us. Yet, 462 people have given in…

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The Cancer Year

I’m honored to be a part of this EP with such talented creatives to support my dear friends, The Price’s. I can’t wait for you to hear this collection of songs! Take a look at this project and consider grabbing one of these little guys if you have the means!

audreyassad:

Many have asked how they can help us offset the cost of my husband’s cancer treatment. We still have not paid a bill: adjusting the costs through insurance is, as any of you who have gone through sickness know, a very confusing process.  One thing we do know—the rising total is too much for us to pay on our own.  Billy didn’t want to ask for donations, per se: but he came up with the idea of producing an EP to sell, so that you would get something beautiful in return for your goodness in wanting to help. On the Cancer Year EP, I recorded a song that is unreleased ANYWHERE else — (for those who have come to my shows, it’s the ‘happy song’ that I often play) — and there is an unreleased song from Matt Maher, as well as from Erin Gauvin, a young and incredible artist I can’t wait for you to hear.  Also, hear a song from my duet project with the fantastic Marshall Altman, who produced both of my records.  We call ourselves “A Wild Wood”. 

Thank you so much for considering purchasing this little project: as my husband states in the story (which you can find at the website linked to here), you will be helping to free our little family from a very real burden.  Peace to you all.  xoxo, Audrey

younglionyounglover:

Q: What’s it feel like to beat Cancer and, at the finish of Chemotherapy, look ahead to life?
A: See above.

younglionyounglover:

Q: What’s it feel like to beat Cancer and, at the finish of Chemotherapy, look ahead to life?

A: See above.

"Persons attempting to find a “text” in this book will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a “subtext” will be banished; persons attempting to explain, interpret, explicate, analyze, deconstruct or otherwise “understand” it will be exiled to a desert island in the company of only other explainers."

Wendel Berry’s “Jayber Crow”

Ira Glass on marriage.

*audrey assad*: Wish You Were Here.

audreyassad:

When I picked a song to cover for this little project, the song just stuck out to me. It would have been a more obvious choice, perhaps, to have picked one of the old jazz standards that my voice and piano lend themselves so easily to…but I wanted to challenge myself and my artistry and my…