Off Topic: David Lynch on intuition

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David Lynch is one of my favorite filmmakers, though “filmmaker” sort of sells him short. He’s someone who has clarity of vision, and knows how to get that vision out there. In short, he should be an inspiration to all of us who create.

He has a new movie out called Inland Empire, which I’m very excited to see, and which he is distributing himself.

Clearly, as seen by his self-distribution of IE, Lynch understands that the future (and present) of the entertainment industry relies on the content creator connecting directly with his constituency. There’s a lot for us musicians to learn from Mr. Lynch.

He recently gave a great interview on the Onion’s web site. Here are few things that jumped out at me:

Intuition is the key to everything, in painting, filmmaking, business—everything. I think you could have an intellectual ability, but if you can sharpen your intuition, which they say is emotion and intellect joining together, then a knowingness occurs. Feeling correct is a feeling I think everyone knows.

It all just comes with ideas. It’s like I’m sitting there, empty, and bingo—in comes an idea. It might just be a little, tiny idea, but some of them I fall in love with. I fall in love with them for two reasons: the idea itself, and then what cinema could do to that idea. It always goes by in fragments, and then the whole thing starts revealing itself.

For more on the power of intuition, do check out Malcolm Gladwell’s excellent book Blink.


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