John Lennon’s Beatles masterpiece Strawberry Fields Forever tells us “nothing is real”. Kevin Barry’s beautiful Lennon novel Beatlebone suggests nothing is real except the present moment.
Never give 100%?
Is constantly giving our all – always seeing 100% as the bare minimum – the wisest or most sustainable approach to life and to work?
In our darkest hours
Gentle reader: As we enter the second half of 2022, how are you feeling? Truly and honestly? If you find yourself in dark hours, remember that the brilliant light within yourself can never be dimmed.
Words fail me. Some words on nature, depression, music – and things that we really must try to put into words, no matter how hard it might be.
Listen to understand
Lex Fridman’s epic podcast with Rick Rubin includes some great words on listening to understand. When another soul speaks to you, listen with compassion and empathy, listen to understand.
Serendipity, music, war and love
Even in the worst of times, moments of delight can be found. Moments that renew your faith in humanity. Moments that help you through. Here is one such moment, courtesy of my friend Rachael Heenan.
Universe of feelings
Music is the way into a universe of feelings, available to us always and good for all situations – including the loss of souls near and dear to our hearts.
Spirit in black
Some words in tribute to my dear departed friend Mat Davies, whose spirit brought joy, wisdom and boundless enthusiasm to so many people.
This side of the dirt
If you’re reading these words, you have the luxury of being alive. If you’re this side of the dirt, everything is pretty good. You have what it takes to get through this.
The El-P ethos
El-P (of Run the Jewels and Company Flow fame) makes the impossible feat of sustaining creativity through constant reinvention seem easy. His podcast series with Open Mike Eagle goes deep on his work and the fiercely independent ethos that guides it.