I'm always moved by a person who's authentic about their work, genuinely involved in what they're doing, not just going through the motions -- whether it's a performer or a salesperson or a tour guide. The Janelle Monae show in St. Paul last night was so inspiring; I had heard her music, but seeing it/hearing it live was a different thing altogether. You know how my motto is "I invent nothing; I rediscover" -- I think that must be her motto too, fully envisioned. At times I wondered if she was influenced by motown, or James Brown, or hip hop, or Sade, or The Residents, or Devo, or Elvis. So many influences, such originality. Here's hoping that inspiration will carry me through a busy/sleepy day!