Nick Cave has a blog called The Red Hand Files. Fans from around the world ask him all sorts of questions. He tends to pick and publish the questions that touch on larger issues than his personal life and career. His replies commonly delve into issues universal to us all, the type which artists aim to capture in their work and often live out in their own lives.
Question: How is the correlation between the sexual and the creative going in old age?
Answer (selected quotation): Creativity and desire have always been inextricably linked for me. Many songs I write are simply erotic re-enactments, written with the sole intention of creating a remembered image of the one I love and, indeed, desire.
It's inexpressibly satisfying to know that this type of unmoderated, direct communion between such a widely acknowledged artist and his fans exists at all. It takes courage to be this vulnerable, to go beyond the superficial. It takes courage for us to stand up and reject the celebrity in favour of something more nourishing. We are here to connect over something more meaningful than even the best dance moves.
As an artist, I work to earn the ability to attract this type of meaningful interaction into my life.