meaning: "passages that deal with a single theme or idea, as in poetry"
(and not the more widely used definition: "a long, vehement speech"...i never give those ;)
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, March 16, 2009
so it's SOOOO springy! i'm loving the sun and the breath of fresh air...
After months of hibernating and working on some songs, I have finally been inspired to sketch them down into recordings.
Back in February, I wrote a song that I have loved playing and singing. It's kinda in the style of a 50's pop love song...and I have been casually imagining what it might turn into once I record the foundation and start building layers upon layers.
So far so good.
Though I do notice it's a bit of a struggle to keep the perfectionist side of me out of the driver's seat. I've been experiencing a bit of a recording drought, and so at this point, I am happy to be using my time to record anything at all. I'm doing my best to drop the expectation that I will produce my greatest masterpiece within the next 45 minutes, and instead sit back and enjoy the ride...
I am reminded of the above Alan Moore quote at this moment...particularly the idea that enjoying the process of making something entirely new out of nothing is the state of being from which we give birth to the most satisfying creations. A thing born out of a moment of bliss, out of love and not doubt or urgency, is given a quality that transcends all physical boundaries and targets the soul.
So after I post this blog, I will go back to my "studio", pick up my guitar, and do my best to not control the outcome.
The only thing that makes me happier than creating something out of nothing, is making something out of something!
Restoring something old into new again is a passion of mine, and having spent the past year learning the art of upholstery, I have marvelled at how it is the epitome of such satisfying transformation.
But even a process as constructive and eco-friendly as upholstery creates some waste in the way of scrap fabric, cotton, and foam. Rather than see those materials go unused or tossed in the landfill, I have made it my mission to convert them into something useful, beautiful, and ultimately....UPLIFTING!
Welcome to my purpose.