The other day I stumbled upon this quote by Jim Jarmusch.
Nothing is original.
Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.
Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows.
Select only things to steal that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.
Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery-celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them to.
The quote not only blew my mind, but it reinforced my view on modern rock music. Nothing is original.
Elvis stole from black music. The Beatles stole from Chuck Berry. Led Zeppelin stole from Willie Dixion. Nirvana stole from the Pixies, Radiohead stole from Jeff Buckley, Coldplay stole from Radiohead, the Strokes stole from Tom Petty. Everyone steals from everyone else.
I realized that fact a long time ago and it bummed me out for a while. Especially when time magnifies the 60’s+70’s into being the pinnacle of innovation in popular music. How could I create anything original? But I didn’t realize the last part of the Jarmusch/Godard quote is the most important part.
It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them to. Authenticity is created when you know where you’re coming from and know where you’re going, even if all you know is you want to make new music.[youtube=http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=_1Qo1eaWF8c]
Take Control of Your Music,