Skiffle was the original DIY music, cut-and-paste, no qualifications necessary; amid the combination of washboard percussion, broom-handle bass, kazoos, and nasal shrieks you can hear the first footsteps on a path that led to Joe Meek, to punk and to jungle.
This urgency and sense of constructing something out of nothing—and doing it right now!—was fundamental to the progression of British pop. Some of Lonnie Donegan’s hits may sound like scrunched-up tinfoil, but the airplay that “Rock Island Line” received on the BBC in 1955 inspired John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Jimmy Page to pick up guitars for the first time; it’s one of the unlikelier facts of history that a song about illegally transporting pig iron is British pop’s fountainhead.
I've been a fan for years. I love how dark and twisted your drawings can get. Could you draw, "I refuse to call it a failure"? It's something I've been telling myself over and over after an attempt at something that went bad because of my anxiety. I'd love to have it turned into something funny.
well, it didn’t turn out funny at all, but I hope you like it anyways.
The best advice I can give you is no advice. You don’t need my advice or advice from anyone else. You already know what to do. You already know the decisions you need to make. Advice just gets in the way of what you know you need to do.
If there was a injured turtle in the middle of the road, you might say to the friend you are walking with “Hey, do you think I should go help that turtle so it doesn’t get hit by a car?”. But, you already know you don’t want the turtle to get hit by a car. Just go save it.
Don’t get me wrong I love to give advice and like to read other’s advice. I even like those advice books and would love to write “How to get the most out of drawing overemotional stick figures on the internet!” It could be a bestseller, at least to me. And that is is the problem with advice, anything I say is really advice I should have listened to.
You need advice for you. What if right now there is a turtle on your front step. A turtle just saved from getting hit by a car. If you are not watching you could open your front door and not even see the turtle. Then you trip on the turtle and your head crashes onto the pavement. There is nothing left of you except a bloody mess that also killed the turtle in the fall. It would be awful.
But, if I tell you “Watch out for turtles!” you will see the turtle, step around it and head out into life going on to be the world’s most wonderful person.