“Now when someone says, “You can’t do that” to you, do you know what it actually means? It means: I don’t want you to do that. Honestly.
Now, it might be that it’s a teacher or mentor, it might be that it’s a colleague at work, it might actually even be one of your family, but whenever you hear, “You can’t do that,” just think, I think you’re telling me, what you’re trying to say, sound like a mansplain, yeah; what I think you’re trying to say is, you don’t want me to do that. And that always rings alarm bells for me. And I know that in writing music, getting stuff on the page, that’s where the goosebumps kick in. And that moment you play something, that’s when everything kind of viscerally takes off and it becomes terribly exciting.” – Philip Sheppard, BIF2017