Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Emotional Trauma of Trying Hard

A friend of mine said something profoundly interesting recently.  He said, “Seems to be a certain truth in the suggestion that the lessons you find it hard to learn keep on coming back… until you learn them.”  There are things … Continue reading

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Music Has Been a Blessing and a Curse

There is something they never tell you, when you decide to become a musician.  They never tell you that it is both a blessing and a curse. In many ways, music has, for me, been my sanctuary and an all-consuming … Continue reading

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Conjuring

To the uninitiated (and even to initiates), the process of turning nothing into something, as artists do, is mystical and magical.  How does the raw material mutate into a work of art?  What is the mysterious power of imagination to … Continue reading

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I Think I Might Have Two Brains

Does anybody else experience this?  You’re in the midst of cooking a meal, having a bath, eating or brushing your teeth and all of a sudden, part of your brain thinks, “I’ve just had a brilliant idea that must be … Continue reading

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Celebrity and Artistry

It seems to me that, as the economy has become increasingly unequal, most fields of human endeavour have reduced to a “winner takes all” contest, where the winner gets all the spoils and the rest barely subsist.  I’ve noticed this … Continue reading

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I’m Still Not What I Had in Mind

Many artists, myself especially included, live life with a peculiar, pestilent dissatisfaction.  It’s the feeling that all is not as you would wish it to be.  Essentially, the feeling can best be described as not yet being the artist you … Continue reading

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Half a Decade of Creative Ideas for Starving Artists

WordPress informs me that I posted my first blog post 5 years ago today. I’ve written quite a lot since then, really. What do you think of it so far? 🙂

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