I don't think this has been posted here before, looks like it was published todayRytmi.com column written by MarkoI'd love to tackle that translation, but I don't think anyone here will be patient enough to wait for me. I know I would not be
And I wasn't patient enough either.
If you like, redbossfan, just don't check out my translation. Marko Saaresto – Spice up your life with mistakes
If life were a street, it would be lined with all kinds of intriguing shops, kiosks, boutiques and stalls. In between those you would find doors and gates to hills that go up and down in a form of excluded, charming and even forgotten little alleys.
There would be people walking around on that street, dressed in who knows what kinds of attires. Some of them would pass you by, and some would go to your direction, together or alone. They would be children and elderly people and everything in between. And there’s no forgetting the pigeons, alley cats or stray dogs. The general vista would be astonishingly rich. Then the limitations of life would step in. It’s time, which forces us all to make decisions.
Who do we meet? Which sidetrack road do we check out and which ones do we pass on our way to the end of the street? When there’s an incomprehensible amount of choices in front of us at all times, making decisions is crippling rather than liberating. At least for me the plenty in its all wonder is a true obstacle course. This happens because there’s a new questionable team on the game: mistakes.
Some say that mistakes are the salt of life. I agree, at least to a certain point. At least they are the marjoram, thyme and savory. Excessively good spices for sure, if you know how to use them. Or, if you happen to be a musician, you might use the terms like sixth and ad9-chords.
Mostly however mistakes are decisions that do not lead to the conclusion you hoped for. A while back when I was visiting someone, I happened to lean on the wall behind me without noticing that it actually was a display of valuable objects. You can guess the rest, and no, none of those objects was left whole. Usually mistakes just have a tendency to appear bigger than they really are. Most of the mistakes are small deviations that usually lead to the most interesting end result, such as… well, evolution.
That topic, though, is too large to be dealt with on this text. But we have whole professions whose purpose is to make mistakes as much as they possibly can. They are often and mysteriously called “those who wield power”. If we spoke English, we might use the word “they”.
I am a part of another group of professions which is alike in that respect: artists. In practice, the more I screw up or fumble the easier it is for other people to accept their own humanity and mistakes. That’s why it doesn’t bother me to get up on stage with the zipper of my jeans open while our gig is being filmed for television. There are an abundance of similar examples, I’m sure.
What it comes down to is that the little mistakes we make every day lead us to new possibilities if you look at it carefully. In the end, there are no mistakes. There are only events that lead to other events that lead to other events and so forth.
What has happened to me sometime is that I’ve been giving up on a song and throwing it away just to see that the song changes along the way, ends up on an album and is soon after played on the radio over and over again. People interpret the lyrics to their own ends and sing it at our gigs from their hearts.
And all that good only because at one point of the recording, we happened to have some experimental track running and what we heard in it by accident changed everything.
So if mistakes truly are the salt of life, and if I were a chef I would say that no matter what the main ingredients – the meat – of your cooking is, mistakes have the unique ability to bring out the most delicate flavors. As a musician my vocabulary changes and I humbly end up worshipping the dissonance.
Original text: Marko Saaresto
The writer is the vocalist of Poets Of The Fall-band. They released their new Temple of Thought album in March. www.poetsofthefall.com