These are the wise words of legendary musician Van Morrison, who opens up about inspiration in a way that anyone, not just music-makers, can relate to.
“I could never accept the status quo or the standard thing,” he says, explaining how his incessant curiosity would get behind everything—from music to philosophy to religion. It’s what drove his art to constantly evolve, delighting countless fans along the way.
“If you just want to stay like a straight line, then you just go and repeat the same thing. And there are people who do that,” he continues, touching on something especially evident in our digital age, where it’s easy to let a pressure of keeping up or staying relevant stifle a creative spirit. It can feel safer to hover around the center rather than going with your gut to make something new.
His perspective on breaking out of that?
“Inspiration can come from anywhere…it comes from a collective,” he explains. “It’s not just one thing. It is what you want it to be. That’s the whole point.”
Hear the rest of Van Morrison’s thoughts on music, motivation and self-improvement in the video above.