You can be depressed and still have joy. You can be suicidal and still have joy. We all stop thinking and we all stop talking and we all stop sharing and we all stop creating, because by doing any of these things we quickly find out just how unhappy we are. But that’s okay. That’s normal. Don’t let the fear of unhappiness cripple your pursuit of finding what it is you believe.
—  Tyler Joseph

Yeah, some say I got the hood sanitized
They only scandalized, they ain’t never seen Hispanic guys
Without smackin’ their wives or packin’ knives,
Or havin’ real lives. I went online just to analyze

The rate of crime up in Washington Heights?
Yo the crime rate’s twice as high on the Upper East Side
[No!] Yeah! That shit was astoundin’ to me. I ain’t
Never seen no slangin’ or bangin’ in Woody Allen movies

Do me a favor, set the beef to the side
Is it alright for me to rep my people with pride?
Kids to see Latinos in a positive light?
For tourists to ride up to Washington Heights
Without lockin’ they car doors tight? Maybe buyin’

A piragua from the guy, you know, the man on the side of
Riverside Drive, and seein’ life through his eyes, he’s just
Like you and I, he’s just tryin’ to get by, he’s just
Tryin’ to move up and out and get in here

I want you to hear the music that I hear

I think an artist’s only responsibility is to chase their inspiration and to fall in love. If it happens to make the world a better place, so much the better, but if you’re trying to do that consciously, it feels like homework. We can smell when an artist is doing something out of obligation versus ‘Something in me demands that I write this'… It’s about falling in love and really writing what’s inside you. Sometimes that’s political and sometimes it’s, ‘I’m pissed off and I want to write about how I’m pissed off.’ An artist’s only responsibility is to be true and authentically yourself. …I think that’s our job. I think that’s what people recognize, that’s what people relate to: authenticity.
—  Lin-Manuel Miranda (x, x)

“I don’t have any discipline. I just know that I have to wait and eventually it will happen. I know that I have to be patient.”

Singer-songwriter Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos, Monsters of Folk) spoke with The Creative Independent about giving yourself over to the compulsion to create, finding the necessary space to work, and not being attached to anyone else’s creative timeline. Read the interview here.

Art tip: Never ditch an idea because it’s already been done. Don’t worry about being original or doing something different. Even if you make art similar to what you see around it’s still going to be unique because only you can replicate how you think and how you transport ideas to the physical realm. 

One does not think during creative work any more than one thinks when driving a car. But one has a background of years – learning, unlearning, success, failure, dreaming, thinking, experience, all this – then the moment of creation, the focusing of all into the moment.
—  Edward Weston

Living for my days off so I can tackle this mess of a desk.
Have way to many projects and way to many great ideas for even more. Gotta figure out a better way to organize things… any suggestions would be awesome. I prefer analog to digital, apps and websites don’t really work for me.
But it is getting a tiny bit overwhelming.


Beautiful video by @tarajosu 🎥
Blessings and great vibes today ✨🙏🏾✨
🎥 Vlog 3 drops tonight 10pm eastern/ 7pm pacific.
Vlog 3 covers the entire month of July. I stepped up the visuals using my T2i camera instead of my iPad alone. ✨🎥✨ and @nillyearth visits ✨🌺✨
Truly hope you all are in a state of gratitude and working toward making the best of your lives. No excuses, no regrets, no complaining. If you woke up you have the opportunity today and blessings to make the best of your circumstances. #perspective

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There was a moment when we were talking to the kids [about creating musicals], and they were asking a bunch of questions. And I think it seemed slightly distant, what it was that we did. So Lin began to do a little piece of one of the shows that we worked on… and the quiet that fell across the boys was so palpable. What I realized was happening was a moment of recognition that someone could choose to do that, that someone could feel powerful enough, or bold enough, to say ‘this is my story, and I choose to share it with you.‘
—  Tommy Kail on talking to students with Lin-Manuel Miranda