There may be no more important effort than to contribute a voice to the vital issues of our time.
What's a little humiliation if it makes you a better artist?
Maybe rock and roll was inevitable, with or without Chuck Berry. But the fact remains that he was the one who advanced the state of the art.
The drive to integrate different influences in one's life and take them in a new direction; that's what Chuck Berry and others like him had.
Keep learning, keep trying, keep experimenting
Sometimes we have to forge our own path
"What is a song, exactly? It's something that starts as an idea and becomes more than that."