“Oh my god, that’s how it’s done … “

Jack was speaking about Brandi Carlile’s
performance of her song ‘The Joke’
at the 2019 Grammy’s …
it blew him away.

What was it about her performance
that connected so emphatically?
It was because …
“I believed her.”

A couple of mornings ago,
while making coffee,
I’d put on an episode from
my latest favourite podcast:
The Broken Record Podcast.
It’s the collaboration of
the author Malcolm Gladwell
and the music producer Rick Rubin.

In this episode, from October 1st last year,
they were chatting with Jack White
ad Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs
about making music and writing songs.



It was Jack White talking about the pride and
the love of the craft (from 26 mins in)
and how it matters to care about the quality …

“… you gotta wanna know …
there’s artists out there that you hear can sing,
and they can do a beautiful job,
and can sing gorgeously,
but I don’t believe ’em,
and if I don’t believe them,
then I don’t trust them,
and then I don’t care about their songs …”

The performances that we are inspired by,
where you can sense
they’re living every movement,
or feeling the meaning
in every word.
Through the course of their veins
to the essence of their soul.
The energy that connects with us,
the voices that resonate,
are the ones we believe in.



I wonder what’s in store …
is it the same old,
or is it something more.

Have you dug down deep,
to find the right notes
that’s true to your core.

Will it hold my heart,
with the love I found
and felt at the start.

What’s your story,
where feels like home?
Where does your soul go
when you’re feeling alone.

It’s in the thread,
the feeling it holds.
Each line to balance
with the rhythm of your soul.

It’s in the sensation of crafting
and the feeling it moulds.
The spirit in the hand,
the care in shaping the sole.

Make the step forward,
see what you find.
Feel if it fits,
and if it blends with your mind.

Heels worth wearing. Stories worth sharing.

Thank you for reading…
and if you feel so inclined,
please share with a friend
who may come to mind.

Have a beautiful night.

Anthony Stoker

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