You have to separate real musicians from fakes. What everybody knows about real musicians (or artists) is:
• they always make their art regardless of circumstances
• they spend all of their day making music
• they are passionate, dramatic and chaotic
• they never tend to things like houswork, laundry or finances
Okay, I lost. But wait! In spite of what everybody knows, the lifes of real, official artists often look quite different. I don’t know about musicians, because they rarely write blogs, but writers seem to have problems finding time to write, too. Even without a day job. Even people like Neil Gaiman, C.J. Cherryh, or Caitlín Kiernan.
I love artist’s blogs, because you can see other people have difficulties too, when they try to do their taxes and write their novel the same day. And writing isn’t even loud. You can write on planes (not comfortably, maybe), but try it with singing.
So I read “The Artist’s Way” and was really relieved that other artist are able to do their own laundry as well. That a longing for peace and tidiness doesn’t mean you’re a square, but that a little quiet time at home may be beneficial to the making of art.
And what happened? My mother told me of some acquaintances and said,
“They are quite unorganized. That’s because they’re artists.”
Me: “But Mommy, I’m an artist too, and I don’t have problems with my appointments.”
Short silence, while I feel like my son when I’m saying “Of course you’re a fire fighter!”
Then she said, “But you’re a down-to-earth person.”
Isn’t it nice to have it all explained so clearly?