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The "exact moment of your life" - Herb Alpert interviewed by Alec Baldwin, on creative experiences

Herb Alpert (founder of A&M Records, sold for $500m in 1989):

"There's something about being an artist, a painter, a musician, a sculptor, when you're doing it, you are in the exact moment of your life...and that's rare. When you're not in that mode, you're thinking about yesterday, tomorrow. When you're doing it, it feels right on the moment. When I started painting, I painted like a monkey, I squeezed some paint on a canvas and moved it around, with no training. I didn't know what I was doing, but I think there is an advantage to that. When you are an amateur, and just fooling around, you have infinite possibility".

Photo - Herb Alpert receiving the Medal of Honor for the Arts from President Obama July 10, 2013 at the White House (credit : Official White House photo by Pete Souza with reuse rights).

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