Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy Wants You to Be Bad at Something. It’s for Your Own Good.


“A musician’s guide to building a stress-free, nourishing creative practice.” Ezra Klein interviewed Jeff Tweedy of the band, Wilco, about his creative practice. Tweedy talks about how he usually gets better creative results when he is just playing, than when he is trying to create something specific, like a new song. This discussion presents a strong case for the benefits of making time for artistic and creative practice.


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subject terms

Creative Aging > Creative Expression

Creative Aging > Skills Mastery


Ezra Klein

Jeff Tweedy

resource type

Audio and Podcasts




creative practice, creative process, daydreaming, inspiration, language arts, songwriting

art form

Literary Arts