Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Quote of the Day: Justin Timberlake talks uncertainty in the music industry

"You go through these spurts when you miss it. In a perfect world I'd love to be able to involve myself in music [Justified (2002) and FutureSex LoveSounds (2006)] and films [The Social Network (2010), Friends With Benefits (2011) and Bad Teacher (2011)] as they come and go. But I'm always writing music, always thinking about ideas for songs.

I don't have a single song ready to go. People keep asking me when a new song or album is coming out, and I don't know what to say. ...Music is not my focus right now. It may be someday. It could happen next month or next year, but right now it's not where it's at for me.

Unfortunately, the business of music is what taints an artist's desire to make music. I don't want to paint a picture of being jaded, because I love making music. I honestly love it. But there is a level where making music becomes a total life-sucking commitment. For instance, to do an album and a tour, you have to be absolutely certain that whatever you have to say is from the heart, because you're going to say it a thousand times--and on nights when you don't feel like performing. You need to feel inspiration to get to a level where you're performing like that. But I haven't felt that level of conviction the past few years. And without that conviction it's crazy to put yourself out there."

-- Justin Timberlake via Playboy on why he has not returned to the music industry...yet.

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