I did things in my 30s that were ignored by the world, that could have been quickly labeled a failure. Here’s a classic example; in 1974 I did a movie called Phantom of the Paradise. Phantom of the Paradise, which was a huge flop in this country. There were only two cities in the world where it had any real success: Winnipeg, in Canada, and Paris, France. So, okay, let’s write it off as a failure. Maybe you could do that.
But all of the sudden, I’m in Mexico, and a 16-year-old boy comes up to me at a concert with an album – a Phantom of the Paradise soundtrack- and asks me to sign it. I sign it. Evidently I was nice to him and we had a nice little conversation. I don’t remember the moment, I remember signing the album (I don’t know if I think I remember or if I actually remember). But this little 14 or 16, whatever old this guy was… Well I know who the guy is now because I’m writing a musical based on Pan’s Labyrinth; it’s Guillermo del Toro.
The work that I’ve done with Daft Punk it’s totally related to them seeing Phantom of the Paradise 20 times and deciding they’re going to reach out to this 70-year-old songwriter to get involved in an album called Random Access Memories.
So, what is the lesson in that? The lesson for me is being very careful about what you label a failure in your life. Be careful about throwing something in the round file as garbage because you may find that it’s the headwaters of a relationship that you can’t even imagine it’s coming in your future.
As far as I can recall, none of the adults in my life ever once remembered to say, ‘Some people have thick skin and you don’t. Your heart is really open and that is going to cause you pain, but that is an appropriate response to this world. The cost is high, but the blessing of being compassionate is beyond your wildest dreams. However, you’re not going to feel that a lot in seventh grade. Just hang on.’
Anne Lamott, Stitches (via panasonicrxft500)
One of my favourite books that I had forgotten about as of late. I still have a fondness for midsummer’s night dream though.
I can get my head turned by a good-looking guy as much as the next girl. But sexy doesn’t impress me. Smart impresses me, strength of character impresses me. But most of all, I am impressed by kindness. Kindness, I think, comes from learning hard lessons well, from falling and picking yourself up. It comes from surviving failure and loss. It implies an understanding of the human condition, forgives its many flaws and quirks. When I see that in someone, it fills me with admiration.
A quick sketch of Zelda and a Shelly quote from squaresville 🙂
I am posting this again because I fixed the grey writing to be black.
It was previously posted here: http://perpetualthoughts.tumblr.com/post/27421555223
“We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations.”
– John Green, Looking for Alaska
I just found this watercolour I did a few months back.
File under: Things to think when the realization of mortality causes extreme panic
It really is a realization all over again every time it grips me.
I know this tunnel will end with light
But I can’t see it, I can’t see it.
The Zolas, Body Ash
This is such a nostalgic song for me, first term, and the new music and new friends and new boys. Falling in love with this town and this university… It’s strange the quotes/words that I find comfort in these days, but just as visuals help me learn, imagery seems to calm me somewhat. Anyways, I love this song, and the whole album really.
This is the last line of one of my favourite songs: Who’s To Say – Vanessa Carlton