Keith Richards, Firestones and the Persevering Artist (How Sensitive Creators Can Best Bring Their Work Into the World)

August 8, 2014 2:28 PM

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"You're too emotional," my friend's been telling me, "hyper-sensitive." He says that's why I got replaced as the composer for a hit TV show several years ago. He says that's what compelled me to escape my record contract with Sony on a legal loophole in the early 90's. I could go on and on about all the reasons he's wrong, but I won't. The truth is, I am hypersensitive. I haven't made a scientific study of it, but I'd say my antenna is several degrees more ticklish than most.

But to be successful at making art, you need an extra measure of sensitivity. Beyond the technical skills, like the ability to play the piano or draw, the artist's superpower is the capacity to feel acutely. The empathic intake of the emotionality of living makes up the building blocks of art. But h...

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