Truths, Vol. 4

No one knows anything, least of all those who claim to.

If you’re a guitarist with more than three fingers and use a capo, you’re playing the song in the wrong key.

Buying a cool new iPhone won’t make it ring any more frequently.

Size may matter, but you should never cease trimming.

Actors are best seen and heard – not touched, smelled, or tasted.

If the singer actually had anything important to say, he wouldn’t have to scream it at us.

Sometimes perfection can meet you halfway at good enough.

Drummers’ importance must never be revealed to them.

The first cut is more like the final draft of a script.

An artist cannot interpret her own work any more than a critic can define it.

Tuning your instrument is not optional.

The search for that perfect word is a worthwhile pursuit. Economy is the um . . . you know, best . . . uh, quality of a . . . person who writes good . . . stuff.

Quality catering is a better use of budget than that second Steadicam.

Don’t ever write a shitty song, else it may chart and necessitate its performance until the day you die.

If your sound guy stashes his car keys in the refrigerator, he’ll remember to turn it back on before he leaves location.

Talking about your project before it’s done is a recipe for failure. Look at The Bible. That whole ending seemed very tacked-on to me, not to mention all the violence and sex. But I am trying to track down a first edition if anyone’s got one. Signed, preferably.

About Gordon

Gordon Highland is the author of the novels Flashover and Major Inversions, with short stories in such publications as Word Riot, Black Heart, Noir at the Bar Vol. 2, and Warmed and Bound, among others. He lives in the Kansas City area, where he makes videos by day and music by night.
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