Genius & Grace
First a note. This is the first song on my second solo album, Genius & Grace. For the album cover, I used this picture of myself as a young boy for a very good reason.
“Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will.”
― Charles Baudelaire
― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
― Oscar Levant.
Grace on the other hand is completely in the opposite direction. A state of grace in when thinking is minimal. You are undisturbed and at peace with yourself. You don’t do, you simply be. Unfortunately once you have headed in either direction there is a point where they become mutually exclusive. Your closeness to one puts the other out of reach. Their one similarity is that once you are heading towards genius or grace, you are compelled to go the whole way. There is no turning back.
In fact, the French female vocal that you hear from time to time translates as “Choose you whether genius or grace.”
“You throw my fuckin’ poetry out, and you’ll regret it when I’m famous, ” and she threw the bastard stuff out. I never forgave her for not treating me like a fuckin’ genius or whatever I was, when I was a child. It was obvious to me. Why didn’t they put me in art school? Why didn’t they train me? Why would they keep forcing me to be a fuckin’ cowboy like the rest of them? I was different
I was always different. Why didn’t anybody notice me? A couple of teachers would notice me, encourage me to be something or other, to draw or to paint – express myself. But most of the time they were trying to beat me into being a fuckin’ dentist or a teacher”
― John Lennon.
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