Mojo Monday: Artist Chuck Close and “the” Paul Simon Talk Process

It’s Mojo Monday, and as always, I’ve got a little something-something to lift your creative spirits, buoy you up, help you get your mojo on, and nudge you into writerhead.

I love process talk. And truly, what follows is some amazing process talk between photographer/painter/printmaker Chuck Close and singer/songwriter Paul Simon. Despite the camera, they’re pretty honest and revealing. Paul Simon loves 6/8 time, has learned a ton from listening to the music of other cultures, and explains how much he grew as an artist when he began to listen more deeply; Chuck Close has learning disabilities, has been in therapy for 45+ years, and is surprised and comforted by the fact that he still has breakthroughs.

At this moment in my own path as a writer, I’m fascinated (a little obsessed) with rhythm on the page, so what Paul Simon says about rhythm and symmetry and the breaking of symmetry resonates strongly with me. I’m into variations.

So watch, respond below, get your mojo on, and then, as always, get thee to writerhead.


(These videos are from I’ve included just two of the six videos of this conversation. If you’re interested in watching them all, click here.)

Q4U Writers / Thinkers / Artists / Creators of Beautiful Things: What resonates with you in this conversation? What makes you go “uh huh”?

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