On seeking our muse

museForces conspire to convince us that muses only exist in legends. I have never seen this much antagonism toward being inspired, and this level of contempt for the muse. I’m 67 years old.

Businesses that greet the public, such as restaurants, play music from the days when I was young. There is a huge void in the minstrel’s world and it blocks creativity, and has for several decades. We made that void intentionally.

This statement by Roger Ebert defines and explains our current impasse.

This is consistent with my own belief that the muse visits during the act of creation, not before.—Roger Ebert

There is a movie called The Muse. It’s not great, as I recall, but it is deeply informative in spite of that. I have stumbled into success, and I have stumbled out of it. I stumble still, and I know lots of people in my situation. Roger Ebert’s comments are informative:

As Steven Phillips, he is a man like many others in Hollywood, who has stumbled into success and now is stumbling out of it, clueless in both directions. For him, perhaps, the muse is therapeutic: If he believes she’s helping him, then she is. Sarah explains early on that she doesn’t do any actual writing; she just hangs around, and interesting ideas occur to her clients. This is consistent with my own belief that the muse visits during the act of creation, not before.—Roger Ebert, reviewing The Muse starring Albert Brooks and Sharon Stone

These ladies inspire me, and I am grateful for that.

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