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It’s a truism that bad times make for great art. That you can only truly create great art when everything else about your life is shit.
This is a truism that I don’t necessarily believe, mostly because I hate putting any kind of limitations on the circumstances under which your muse kicks into overdrive. That said, it was certainly the case that “Better Than Nowhere,” one of the greatest songs to come out of my Fresno scene, was inspired by hard times.