Dave Grohl was the keynote speaker at SXSW this year. I shared Bruce Springteen’s moving keynote last year, and this year Dave’s is just as important and beautiful for artists of all stripes. He poetically details a life of inspiration, creation, collaboration, and hones in on those key moments when we are moved in…new directions. *chuckle*
“Guilt. Guilt is cancer. It will confine you, torture you, destroy you as a musician. It is a wall. It is a black hole. It is a thief. It will keep you from YOU. Remember learning your first song, or riff, or writing your first lyric? There was no guilt then. Remember when there WAS no right or wrong? Remember the simple reward of just . . . playing music? You are still, and will always be that person at your core. The musician. And, The musician comes first.
Fuck guilty pleasure. How about . . . just pleasure?”
Read full transcript at: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/dave-grohls-sxsw-keynote-speech-
And see the video below: