Esperanza Spalding On The Importance Of Child’s Play In Music

When you’re a little kid, and you are just starting to either learn how to draw or express yourself or play music, that’s you as a primal person. You’re figuring out yourself. 

And that discovery, when you’re a kid, of what you want to draw. Even that is fun. You see what you draw. You see what you’ve got in there. I love that you brought in the word primal. That word, when you said it, really resonates with the level of our being that we want to [get] to while we’re creating. It feels like the advantage of that word is that the primal part of us hasn’t been conditioned by the practicalities of this world that we live right this minute — specifically, all the dynamics around art as a commodity, and art needing to temper itself with economic viability.