One of my heroes, Kim Gordon, released a memoir a few months ago. She writes about the creative process, specifically about her collaborative work with other artists, musicians, and designers.
While I enjoyed the book and found reading it to be a good use of my time, I can see where this might not be the case for everyone. The fact is, Kim just ended a 28 year marriage with one of her bandmates, and it’s clear that she cashed in on this opportunity to tell her side of the “divorce story.” Regardless, if you are a female musician with a tendency to get romantically involved with bandmates, you will definitely find value in this story. If you are a creative person, you will find value in this book. If you are a feminist, or a 90’s alt-rock enthusiast, I predict you’ll like it.
My favorite snippet:
the only really good performance is one where you make yourself vulnerable while pushing beyond your familiar comfort zone.”
This statement rings true in the corporate world, as well as the creative world. In the culture where I work, we have the “Corporate Athlete.” It means the majority of my time on-the-job is spent in practice mode, similar to athletes and musicians.
There’s a difference between practice and performance. The way I see it, I gotta practice if I want my performance to be worth a damn. I’ve already proven that I know how to do my job: “Practice” is what I do all day, every day. That’s my comfort zone. “Performance” is when I get called upon to solve a unique problem. Nothing feels better than solving problems, especially problems that are not of the predictable, every day variety.
Another thing I noticed is how Kim’s writing reveals that the creative process is so engrained into her life that there is no distinct separation between her and it. That is exactly how I strive to live my life, so reading the memoir of a person who successfully accomplishes this is like gold. For me.