All great and precious things are lonely.
John Steinbeck, East of Eden
You never have to be scared about who you are…
I was able to never look back because of what happened with For Emma. Before that, I had kind of given up. I remember seeing the Bowerbirds play, and basically thinking, ‘Wow, I am nothing.’ I felt very un-special. So when I made For Emma, it was my last chance to see if I could sit down and make something, for myself, that was beautiful.
The response to that album gave me the confidence to know that all you needed to do was be yourself. It wasn’t because I thought the record was my chance to be successful; it was because the record actually meant something to me, and I felt like I was actually applying myself.
If you are yourself and you don’t become successful, the happiness that you get from creating something that is that truthful to yourself should be enough to propel you forward in life.
Be still my heart. I age by years at the mention of your name.
“I thought of you and how you love this beauty,
And walking up the long beach all alone
I heard the waves breaking in measured thunder
As you and I once heard their monotone.
Around me were the echoing dunes, beyond me
The cold and sparkling silver of the sea —
We two will pass through death and ages lengthen
Before you hear that sound again with me.”
― Sara Teasdale
Take me back to where love grows,
I don’t want to be here anymore