A Few Words from Bill Mallonee

Bill Mallonee–the centerpiece of Vigilantes of Love, recorder of 50-some albums–writes the following in a preface to the liner notes of his two new albums:

Maybe it takes years of doing something long & well before you “wake up” and realize that you’ve put your own style, or own imprimatur on it. Perhaps it took years of writing songs, recording albums & then laying the wares in front of folks every night for me to “spark;” to feel comfortable in my own skin.

Here’s where it went: Eventually, one comes to that (glorious, liberating) place as an artist where you can leave the hipsters to their hip-ness, be amused by the cultish-ness of the blogger/critics, and walk away from trends.

Eventually you can say: “Hey, this is what I do. Maybe not for everybody, nor is it meant to be. But, it’s good and it’s what I do.”

Maybe that’s how an artist is “born.”

5 responses

  1. Didn’t know you followed Bill Mallonee. I first encountered VoL when I was a student at Auburn. It’s amazing that he writes so much so well.

  2. Me too — no idea you were a Vigilantes of Love fan. They used to play this hip Christian venue up in B’ham in the mid-90s, saw’em a couple of times. Lots of deep people seemed to like them, so I guess it makes sense. Sorry I’m commenting so much. I’m trying to start reading blogs and liking blogs. Yours is helping.

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