In my mind the very concept of art is inherently incompatible with competition. Art represents the sensibilities of the artist, their personal taste, their connection with the subject, and as the case may be: their genius. There is never a guarantee that these will resonate with the public, or with a small group of judges from varying backgrounds and with their own sensibilities which may be wholly different from those of the artist. – Guy Tal
Addendum (updated April 21, 2011):
Wild thing...you make my heart sing...
You make everything
I said wild thing...
Wild thing, I think I love you
But I wanna know for sure
Come on, hold me tight
I love you
If there is any song that influenced me, this may be it. It still resonates in my head. Arguably, Wild Thing transcends generation barriers. Written during the hippie movement; covered by Jimi Hendrix; a must-learn song if you’re planning to form a Punk band; inspired rapper Tone-Loc to compose his masterpiece; a classic riff equal to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Okay, I’m just kidding.
But I had to chase the hippie after he plucked the petal missing from my flower.
Laid back and I don't give a damn.