R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, on creativity:
The best songs are the ones I don’t have to think about, the ones I don’t over-think or have to craft in order to complete. I think the unthought songs, the ones that come pouring out of me, are more real: the vomit songs. Losing My Religion was a vomit song. Man On The Moon. Sad Professor on the last album. Those are the songs that are truly inspired, they just come pouring out. I don’t feel I’m a holy conduit to some bigger thing that comes dropping from the heavens. It’s just something that I truly believe is inside all of us, whether we can access it or not.
(Got this quote from “Secret Poets” by Georgy Cohen)