My favourite film from childhood was Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory with the brilliant Gene Wilder. I always loved how Mr Wilder was so passionate in the moments of complete absurdity.


I have the汤姆弗里德曼 关于优秀的美国艺术家汤姆弗里德曼的书。里面有一张他的艺术学院工作室墙壁的照片完全覆盖着他的肖像,景观和典型的艺术学生工作室的典型乐趣。我猜他正在做一些有抱负的艺术家,并制作他认为艺术家应该制造的东西,就像绘画肖像和东西一样。然后有一天他决定完全清理他的工作室并涂上墙壁,天花板和地板。他再次开始,只有自己和一个白色的房间。他买了一个节奏,把它放在白色的房间中间,在它勾选时坐下来思考它。这是来自这个空白起点,他发现了他的创造性的声音,并开始表达他的真实自我。

Poet Ranier Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926) : Letters to a young poet


‘You ask whether your verses are any good. You ask me. You have asked others before this. You send them to magazines. You compare them with other poems, and you are upset when certain editors reject your work. Now (since you have said you want my advice) I beg you to stop doing that sort of thing. You are looking outside, and that is what you should most avoid right now. No one can advise or help you – no one. There is only one thing you should do. Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must”, then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse…..’

Leonard Cohen

When I have to think up a new idea I often turn to Cohen’s music to set the tone in my head. I discovered that he is one of the most witty, wise, and insightful men I have ever heard. Not only in his songs but also in his spoken word. I saw him perform in London at the age of 73 and hung on his every word, his voice so deep, aged with whiskey and smoke to a stage where when he talked to the audience it sounded like God was speaking down. I’m learning the guitar to play his songs and get a little closer to him.

Where do ideas come from is a common question people want to know. When asked where he got his ideas for his songs he replied ‘If I knew that I’d go there more often.’


Here is a nice introduction to Leonard when he was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Particularly where he makes his speech by reading his fantastic lyrics.

Other singers I like are Tom Waits, Neil Young, Nick Cave, Nick Drake…

3 thoughts on “Inspiration”

  1. A piece of inspiration that I came across recently and would like to share.

    “An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn’t know why they choose him and he’s usually to busy to wonder why. He is completely amoral in that he will rob, borrow, beg or steal from anybody and everybody to get the work done.” – William Faulkner

  2. Thank u for the sharing. I was really fascinated by your works.And I felt very lucky to join your talk in Goldsmiths.

  3. Great work. I love this blog.
    I had a chance to see Leonard Cohen in Chicago, 2009.
    这是awesome. Most everyone there was older, in their 50’s. I am 30 but look like I am 21 and all these people kept asking me “what was I doing there”….it was enjoyable.

    I really like that quote from Ranier Maria Rilke as well.


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