Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

When you're in the world of creating things...

Nice quotation I came across by Ben Stiller: "When you're in the world of creating things, you're constantly trying to get somewhere where you haven't been." I wonder if it's possible for a human being to constantly create new (quality) things throughout his or her life? In music, I don't know. Bob Dylan clearly experienced a creative renaissance in 1997 that has lasted until today after a spotty twenty year run following the release of 1976's Desire. But has he really created anything "new" since 1967's John Wesley Harding? I'm not so sure. Has Paul McCartney created anything "new" since he left the Beatles? Neil Young has been in what can only be labeled a creative decline since 1990's Ragged Glory and I don't know he has really issued anything "new" since 1982's Trans. The great French artist Henri Matisse seems to be an exception to the rule: He created beautiful, simple "cut-out" painting/collages at the end of his life...work that was necessitated by the physical difficulties he experienced near the end of his life. But I think it's safe to say that most artists, particularly musicians, simply lose a certain energy and willingness (or ability) to pursue the shock of the new to the very end of their lives. That doesn't mean, of course, that what they create in their 50s or 60s or 70s, or beyond, isn't valid and worth experiencing; it simply means that perhaps truly vibrant, truly startling, truly "new" artistic creations are almost always products of a young person's mind.