A conversation between friends can lead to many things. The long philosophical conversations about life and experiences and approaches to accomplishing goals are usually the ones we value the most. Be. Do. Have. Was brought to my consciousness by my friend and cousin Aaron. He received the message from someone who has the type of success he is working for.
Not reachable on twitter for about a month or so gotta refocus and take care of business. I’ll be releasing “Abbey” the first record from my free album soon. In the meantime, I’ll be putting together 5 track compilations to share music from the past and present and future that inspires me.
If you live in America in the 21st century you’ve probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are. It’s become the default response when you ask anyone how they’re doing: “Busy!” “So busy.” “Crazy busy.” It is, pretty obviously, a boast disguised as a complaint. And the stock response is a kind of congratulation: “That’s a good problem to have,” or “Better than the opposite.”
It’s not as if any of us wants to live like this; it’s something we collectively force one another to do. Notice it isn’t generally people pulling back-to-back shifts in the I.C.U. or commuting by bus to three minimum-wage jobs who tell you how busy they are; what those people are is not busy but tired. Exhausted. Dead on their feet. It’s almost always people whose lamented busyness is purely self-imposed: work and obligations they’ve taken on voluntarily, classes and activities they’ve “encouraged” their kids to participate in. They’re busy because of their own ambition or drive or anxiety, because they’re addicted to busyness and dread what they might have to face in its absence.
Almost everyone I know is busy. They feel anxious and guilty when they aren’t either working or doing something to promote their work. They schedule in time with friends the way students with 4.0 G.P.A.’s make sure to sign up for community service because it looks good on their college applications. I recently wrote a friend to ask if he wanted to do something this week, and he answered that he didn’t have a lot of time but if something was going on to let him know and maybe he could ditch work for a few hours. I wanted to clarify that my question had not been a preliminary heads-up to some future invitation; this was the invitation. But his busyness was like some vast churning noise through which he was shouting out at me, and I gave up trying to shout back over it.
There are many amazing people in this world. The poems and short story were inspired by the handful that I know. The quotes included were placed before or after each poem and short story for emphasis and to also coincide with its message. To download please just click the one of the buttons below. Thank you for being interested in the things my brain conjures. I hope you share this with someone as special as the people who inspired this work. Many thanks to Dylan Warmack, my friend since childhood and Art Director to this whole OBC thing I’m embarking on, I greatly appreciate your work and vision.