Friday, July 13, 2007

Crazy musicians

The American Journal of Psychiatry features an article about Syd Barrett, via Mind Hacks. And here is a review of Piper At The Gates Of Dawn by one of my students.

1 comment:

Hucbald said...

I think the "trick" is to come to terms with your inner weirdness (From the point of view of society at large) if you are a creative spirit. Recognizing the reality of your peculiarity is the path to dealing with it in a responsible way.

I live in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, and I take two hour, eight mile long walks from 2:00 AM to 4:00 AM, for example. People think this is weird and excentric - which it is - and I'm routinely stopped by the police for questioning. The new guys, anyway.

So, I understand that these guys think I'm off my rocker, and I'm an amiable "aw shucks" sort with them when they drive up. Once I'm a part of their regular landscape, however, they assume I'm a harmless man-ape (Which I am) and they leave me to my iPod cocoon.

Creative people are simply weird. But that's OK. So long as they recognize that fact, and can understand the common man's confusion with them.