This week a radio broadcaster quoted Bob Dylan: “A man is successful when he gets up in the morning and does exactly what he wants to do.” Or something to that effect.
At the time I thought this ironic as an old friend knew Dylan, due to her then husband being one of Dylan’s entertainment attorneys. Americans, apparently, have attorneys rather than lawyers. Anyway, she told of attending a meeting between the two in a roadside diner to lockdown a tour, outlined on the back of a menu.
Upon signing the draft Dylan held onto the attorney’s pen and asked if he could keep it. Of course the request was granted. When he rose and leant over to kiss my friend goodbye, his jacket fell open to reveal an inside pocket bulging with pens. Back then, she claimed, Dylan was living in a trailer with Doberman dogs. Strange success.
All this got me thinking about creativity, how the process works for artists and how it gels with regular life. Or not. Last month I touched on this, amongst a host of music related subjects with one of Australia’s most talented, singer-songwriters...