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The World's Making Music All the Time

On NPR's All Songs Considered Blog, Tom Waits interviews Tom Waits. A selection:

Q: What's heaven for you? A: Me and my wife on Rte. 66 with a pot of coffee, a cheap guitar, pawnshop tape recorder in a Motel 6, and a car that runs good parked right by the door.

Q: What's hard for you? A: Mostly I straddle reality and the imagination. My reality needs imagination like a bulb needs a socket. My imagination needs reality like a blind man needs a cane. Math is hard. Reading a map. Following orders. Carpentry. Electronics. Plumbing. Remembering things correctly. Straight lines. Sheet rock. Finding a safety pin. Patience with others. Ordering in Chinese. Stereo instructions in German.

Q: What's wrong with the world? A: We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. Leona Helmsley's dog made 12 million last year... and Dean McLaine, a farmer in Ohio made $30,000. It's just a gigantic version of the madness that grows in every one of our brains. We are monkeys with money and guns.

Oblique Strategies

Do Something Boring

Need some inspiration? Ask Brian Eno for one of his Oblique Strategies.

How To Be an Explorer of the World

I stumbled across this a while ago, but never posted it. Thanks to Information Pollution for sharing.

  • Always be looking. (Notice the ground beneath your feet.)
  • Consider everything alive and animate.
  • Everything is interesting. Look closer.
  • Alter your course often.
  • Observe for long durations (and short ones.)
  • Notice the stories going on around you.
  • Notice patterns. Make connections.
  • Document your findings (field notes) in a variety of ways.
  • Incorporate indeterminancy.
  • Observe movement.
  • Create a personal dialogue with your environment. Talk to it.
  • Trace things back to their origins.
  • Use all of the senses in your investigations.