John Coltrane said:
“you can play a shoestring if you are sincere”
That’s exactly what I mean in that post entitled Sincerity is Freedom where I said that the sincere artist can only produce good art.
The real issue is; how can one be sincere? That’s what I’m interested in. That’s what I want to achieve. Its not about ‘not lying’. No no no. Its about knowing which parts of one’s thinking are just ‘noise’, and then starving those parts of attention.
Its not about finding the sincerity, its about discarding/brushing aside the insincerity. The sincerity is always there, just hidden by other stuff.
Is it possible for an artwork to tap into that sincerity without the mind consciously trying to discard the noise? Maybe it is possible through meditation … John Coltrane style: A Love Supreme. See below.
Oh John, I miss that part of my life where I believed I would one day be able to play like you did.