From an interview series, Conversations about Creativity:
Cecil Vortex: Is there anything you've found that helps get you into a more creative mode?Read the rest:
Van Dyke Parks: Yes -- smoking is good. Smoking is very helpful. But it's deadly, so today is my second day without smoking. I stopped smoking on Sunday, having smoked for years.
I think that smoking is a very good thing to do -- it's got the association with the Indians; it's a peaceable thing. But like much else that the Indians gave us, we abused the privilege. And so, in my case I must simply stop. I'm too old to smoke. But I do believe that nicotine provides a great creative thrust….
An Interview with Van Dyke Parks (Cecil Vortex)
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