Frederick Jay Rubin, a.k.a. Rick Rubin, the Grammy winning producer with 80 albums and 150 million units sold to his credit likes to meditate.
According to the Los Angeles Times, this is how Rubin sees things:
“I think the act of creation is a spiritual act. The more involved we are with nature and the spiritual side of life, the more it seems to have a good effect on creativity.
Think about how seeing the sunset can take your breath away. That’s the same feeling I get when I hear a beautiful line in a song or a great guitar solo. I don’t think great songs stem from us. They are just kind of in the universe. The best artists are the ones with the best antennae that draw it in, and meditation helps get rid of tension and tune into the ideas that are out there.”
His inner peace is, of course, in stark contrast to the hectic pace kept by most music industry execs. Yet, his success speaks for itself and his approach to life and his work certainly gives the rest of us plenty to meditate on.
Personally, I feel the need to meditate on this gem of encouragement pulled from the article:
“Go to a small club tonight, and if there is a band you like, figure out a way to make a recording with them — it’s easier than you think. There are thousands of bands just waiting for someone to ask them to make a record.”
Powerful words from a man who cut his first record in his dorm room at NYU.