This is going to be a different sort of book than the one I made last time.
I want it to be a sort of compilation journal of messages from fans, little short stories (fiction or non-fiction), quotes, poetry, song lyrics, pictures, or really anything we can think of to put in here.
I want it to be written in black ink calligraphy, and I want it to look well crafted.
Ideally, I want to give this to him for his 56th birthday. This would be June 9th of next year. I think that gives me plenty of time to collect submissions and get everything in the book.
I am also going to include spaces where he can write/draw things. So if you have any funny prompts for writing or drawing, leave those as well!
You can submit anything you want here that is text. If it something else, you can just put a comment here telling me what it is, and your twitter handle, and I will DM you.
Please, if you do submit something that will be written, leave me your name and email, so I know who it came from, and can keep track of submissions.
Some examples of what I am including:
“Well I won't back down
No I won't back down
You can stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won't back down”
― Tom Petty, Conversations with Tom Petty
“There's something beautifully friendly and elevating about a bunch of guys playing music together. This wonderful little world that is unassailable. It's really teamwork, one guy supporting the others, and it's all for one purpose, and there's no flies in the ointment, for a while. And nobody conducting, it's all up to you. It's really jazz__that's the big secret. Rock and roll ain't nothing but jazz with a hard backbeat.”
― Keith Richards, Life
“I refuse to believe that Hendrix had the last possessed hand,
that Joplin had the last drunken throat,
that Morrison had the last enlightened mind.”
― Patti Smith
“I believe that we, that this planet, hasn't seen its Golden Age. Everybody says its finished ... art's finished, rock and roll is dead, God is dead. Fuck that! This is my chance in the world. I didn't live back there in Mesopotamia, I wasn't there in the Garden of Eden, I wasn't there with Emperor Han, I'm right here right now and I want now to be the Golden Age ...if only each generation would realise that the time for greatness is right now when they're alive ... the time to flower is now.”
― Patti Smith
“In the United States we think we have at our disposal virtually everything—and I emphasize the word “think.” We have big houses and cars, good medical treatment, jets, trains and monorails; we have computers, good communications, many comforts and conveniences. But where have they gotten us? We have an abundance of material things, but a successful society produces happy people, and I think we produce more miserable people than almost anyplace on earth. I’ve traveled all over the world, and I’ve never seen people who are quite as unhappy as they are in the United States. We have plenty, but we have nothing, and we always want more. In the pursuit of material success as our culture measures it, we have given up everything. We have lost the capacity to produce people who are joyful. The pursuit of the material has become our reason for living, not enjoyment of living itself.”
― Marlon Brando, Songs My Mother Taught Me
“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.”
― Mark Twain
“I did not attend his funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”
― Mark Twain
“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.”
― Mark Twain
“Sadness isn't sadness. It's happiness in a black jacket. Tears are not tears. They're balls of laughter dipped in salt. Death is not death. It's life that's jumped off a tall cliff.”
― Paul McCartney, Blackbird Singing: Poems and Lyrics, 1965-1999
“I think that the power is the principle. The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and see what you’ve done.”– Robert Downey Jr.
“Stick Boy liked Match Girl,
He liked her a lot.
He liked her cute figure,
he thought she was hot.
But could a flame ever burn
for a match and a stick?
It did quite literally;
he burned up quick.”
― Tim Burton, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories
“The Girl With Many Eyes
One day in the park
I had quite a surprise.
I met a girl
who had many eyes.
She was really quite pretty
(and also quite shocking!)
and I noticed she had a mouth,
so we ended up talking.
We talked about flowers,
and her poetry classes,
and the problems she'd have
if she ever wore glasses.
It's great to know a girl
who has so many eyes,
but you really get wet
when she breaks down and cries.”
― Tim Burton