All Ye Need To Know

by mark neely

“Make art. Make art!”

Glen Hansard yelled out these words at the end of his acceptance speech at the Academy Awards, as the “let’s move this thing along” music began to blare and just before the microphone went dead.

When I start to worry whether the work I’m doing is good, bad, worthwhile, publishable, award-worthy, smart, horrible, ignorant, etc. I let these words run through my head like a kind of medicine.

“Make art.”