trent reznor

Whiskey Philosophy

He had a knack for revolution

over coffee

and chainsaw negotiations

after midnight.

I enjoyed whiskey induced philosophy

and talking to the dead

inside my dreams.

I had my playlist for the end of days

at the ready

Paul, John, Ringo, and George will be there

Morrison

Simon & Garfunkel

Reznor and Keenan¬†as well…

For we ate the strawberries in the fields

and found the image of Jesus

in the patterns of the dogs butt fur

and knew we were saved.

He’ll ask me later

what inspired this one,

and I’ll say dumbly

I don’t know

I just liked the way it all sounded

and there might have been some whiskey

involved.

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Writer’s Envy

I think every writer experiences writer’s envy. A moment of “why didn’t I think of that first.” It’s a mixture of envy and respect, and often times for me at least, it goes deeper. Something resonates so strongly in a way it becomes your own.

When Johnny Cash asked Trent Reznor to redo his Nine Inch Nails song “Hurt,” Reznor was less than thrilled with the idea. That song had come from a place of deep pain, and it was his song. His pain, and his alone. How dare someone ask to make a remake?

But then Trent got it. That song was Cash’s song too.

That’s the beauty of art when you put it out there for the world to see. Sure you may still legally own it, but emotionally it belongs to everyone.

I downloaded some music last night and a lyric hit me right in the gut. It’s exactly what I’ve been feeling lately but couldn’t express. I fell in love with it, I wanted to wrap it around myself like some protective sheild. I had writer’s envy. Mass amounts of writer’s envy. And the lyric, because you must be curious?

“I’ll never let them make a loser of my soul.”

Happy Thursday. May you be inspired.
Heidi