an exerpt from "The Mindscape of Alan Moore"

"Quitting my day job and starting my life as a writer certainly was a tremendous risk.
It was a fool's leap, a shot in the dark.
But anything of value in our lives- whether it be a career, a work of art, a relationship- will always start with such a leap. And in order to be able to make it, you have to put aside the fear of failing and the desire of succeeding. You have to do these things completely purely without fear, without desire.
Because things that we do without lust or result, are the purest actions that we shall ever undertake."

Monday, February 9, 2009

a TED talk on creativity

This made me cry....I feel inspired and joyous and encouraged to keep doing my art (not that stopping is an option!). Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love" discusses the fears and insecurities that arise in artists when faced with the daunting task of having to express genius...every time they make something. She suggests that it is the perspective that creative genius is personal, a characteristic of the individual rather than an external godly force that strikes or flows through the artist, that hinders us to feel free in our creating. Our job is to "show up for work" and allow for inspiration to join us.

i love new york

This vid made me smile, which means that it's blog-worthy.
Check it.

In total, this improv group has created 80 scenes of "chaos and joy". Click here for more info about the above stunt and all the others.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

gigs gigs gigs

It has been a while since I've written- 'scuse me, "blogged"; not because I haven't been living, but because I have!

I feel so much in the flow of things, like I'm streaming down a river towards all that I have ever wanted, and man o man, is it a great feeling!

I played two fun shows last week and am looking forward to yet another...NOTHING makes me feel more fulfilled and purposeful than getting up on a stage and singing my songs to people who care to listen.

And speaking of songs, I wrote a new one a week ago that is still compelling me to play it several times a day. It was one of those miraculous moments that had me feeling like I was less the creator and more the mid-wife to it's delivery. Instinctively, I matched some lyrics from a month-old page in my journal to a few chords on my guitar and ten minutes later it was born, alive and well, with all of it's necessary parts to ensure it a good life.

So basically, life is tasting sweet and I am enjoying being hungry.

What a perfect combination...!

(gotta go play my song!)