In a recent interview with The Guardian, unofficial Man of the Year and Equerry of Our Restless, Beating Hearts, Frank Ocean, has hinted at the possibility that there may not be a sophomore follow-up to one of the Albums of the Year, Channel Orange, which to him, “Wouldn’t be a shame.” Instead he might just pen a novel before dabbling in Swedish arena design because of breaking boundaries and forging new ground.
Speaking to his way with words and love of storytelling, Ocean said, “[it’s] the more interesting part about making music for me, or making albums and songs and stuff. So much so that I might not make another album. I might just write a novel next. I don’t know!”
So could Channel Orange be Ocean’s last album?
“It could be. It could be it, if I flew next week and my plane crashed! It could be it if somebody walked along and shot me for my bracelet or something. It could always be it. The idea of recognising your strengths and using them in as versatile a way as you can is cool to me. I don’t ever want to be caught up in a system of thinking I can do one thing cos that’s just … that’s just telling yourself a lie. But I do like to sing. I play piano every day. I enjoy that.”
Still your beating hearts, because:
“I don’t intend to stop making music. This isn’t a faux retirement. It’s no bullshit. I was just making music yesterday. But I do think – it would be fucking legendary if I just made Channel Orange last year, then put out a best-selling novel next year, then, you know, designed an arena in Stockholm in 2014! I don’t know! You just do what you can and you have as much fun as possible, and love your life as much as you can despite the bullshit and all the expectations and shit. You just do what the fuck you wanna do at the end of the day, and don’t give a fuck. As long as your intentions are solid, and about growth and progression and being productive and not being idle, then you’re doing good in my book.”
Truer words were ne’er spoken here. Go in peace.
The full interview is well worth a read. You should do so here via The Guardian
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