“You’re doing your own thing. It’s singular….And that is such a special quality, and all of us possess that ability, but you have to be willing to seek, and you have to be willing to be real frank in your music, and frank in your choices.” — Pharrell Williams, 2016
I came across this video today.
It’s a snippet from a master class that Pharrell Williams taught at NYU two years ago.
In it, he’s listening to an original song by (then student) Maggie Rogers, Alaska.
It comes as no surprise that this video went viral. The song is gorgeous, and Pharrell Williams’ feedback is amazing. Read more.
“I felt all flushed with fever,
Embarrassed by the crowd,
I felt he found my letters
and read each one out loud.
I prayed that he would finish,
But he just kept right on
strumming my pain with his fingers,
singing my life with his words”
— Lori Lieberman
Allowing yourself to view art the way it’s supposed to be viewed is hard. It’s so hard that often times it can be emotionally draining. But when it’s done right, it should set forth an avalanche of creativity.
‘Killing Me Softly’ was written by Lori Lieberman in 1971 after attending a Don McLean concert and feeling the intimacy that being exposed to the arts can leave you with.