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Bob Lefsetz opinion is not correct. Van Morrison? Maybe Van Morison said no when he had two or three hits and albums in the bank and everyone knew his name, but that guy was going around NYC playing gigs while he had a new born at home with his partner where all they had was a mattress to sleep on. He definitely wasn't saying "no" then.

Every artist who isn't a millionaire has to say "yes" unless it really conflicts with their moral beliefs. There is no room to allow opportunities pass us by. Opportunities don't always return if you're "great". Ask The Doors if the opportunity ever presented itself again when they passed up a chance to play at Woodstock.

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Robert Graham

how about "maybe"?

Clark Sorley

Lefsetz is a cynical lawyer with a romantic view of artistry. He thinks there is some elixir of attitude required before you can make great music. I understand the appeal of that but I question the wisdom of it. In my experience success is much more random.

There is hardly an artist’s biography where the break wasn’t a lucky strike, where some chance event or other didn’t intervene to dictate the play. That being so, the more you do the greater the likelihood of the chance event, of running into people who might make a difference. Relationships are key and you start out with none. It’s being there that counts.

I’m with AP. Say yes and say it a lot. Yes is lifeblood. No is career suicide.

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