I watched a documentary on Woody Allen last night.
He was honest and disarming and open.
The documentary showed him in his young years, as a stand up comedian in The Village, and then it followed his career.
His preoccupations, his themes, his unique humour was evident at a very early age. And it struck me that even in the films that Woody Allen doesn't star in, it's very apparent that you're watching a Woody Allen movie.
This to me is the definition of an artist – having a unique and distinctive voice.
You look at a Picasso painting, you know it's Picasso. Monet is Monet. Eric Clapton is distinctly Clapton. Neil Young, Van Morrison, BB King too.
Stephen King writing Carrie, his first book, writes with the same voice even now. Dickens is distinctly Dickens. Scorsese has kept his style from Mean Streets and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. If you know his work, you know when you're looking at a Frank Lloyd Wright house or building.
There are all sorts of pressures stopping someone being an artist – maintaining an original voice. Financial pressures, pressure from critics and public opinion, confusion as to what's your path in life.
That's where PGS kicks in.
If you listen to it, it keeps you on your unique path.