Day 25: Story of an Artist

Miles really liked Daniel Johnston.  Two boys from West Virginia.

Johnston appealed to Miles’s sense of beauty—brilliance and genius took many forms.  It doesn’t have to appear shiny and polished. In some ways, cleaning something up takes away its authenticity and detracts from the beauty. The rough edges are as important to the music as the words and notes. It is important that Johnston recorded these songs on a cassette player in his room. It is important that he performed them live with no overdubs. Daniel Johnston did more with a chord organ and tape player than most people can do with much more advanced technology and years of education and practice. Miles liked that, the raw authenticity.



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