Unpacking the Absurd Logic Of Cultural Appropriation—And What It Costs | Observer

It is not stealing or looting to take things that inspire you in one culture and adapt and change them to further your own expression.

Source: Unpacking the Absurd Logic Of Cultural Appropriation—And What It Costs | Observer

“While I was there, I was just gathering images and names, and ideas and rhythms, and I was storing all of these things … in my mind somewhere. And when it was time to sit down and write songs, when I reached into the attic to see what I was gonna write about, that’s what was there. I just felt a strong passion toward the discovery of going there, and it opened my eyes, and all my senses were overwhelmed by the feeling of that place. When I sat down to write songs, that’s all I could think of…”