the blessed unrest

18 Apr

I discovered this quote from Sara Bareilles (see here: Sara Bareilles – The Blessed Unrest – Webisode). The Blessed Unrest is the title of her new album and I can’t wait to hear. Sara Bareilles is one of my music heroes I heart. Lately, I’ve been thinking about whether or not I’m wasting my time and energy into film and music. I keep running into self-doubt, negative critiquing of my own work, comparing myself to others, fear of failure and sad, sorry excuses for not doing the work. The list goes on and on. I know how to feel miserable as an artist (see Keri Smith). But after hearing these words, I realise I am not alone as an artist. I find reassurance. I know what I am doing now is what I should be doing. There’s a part of me that feels unchangeable. I am who I am and I was made to be an artist. I need to keep going and work at being the artist I envision myself to be, the person I was made to become.

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.

(Martha Graham)


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