Monthly Archives: September 2015

I Leapt and Fell

The common wisdom is that if you follow your bliss and can afford to give up everything else, to do only what you love to do most, you will succeed.  The idea behind the advice is that, if you calm … Continue reading

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Hiding Your Light

It’s an often asked question: if you could go back in time and tell your younger self what you know now, what would you say?  For me, that’s a question I can answer immediately.  The problem is that I am … Continue reading

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Musical Motifs

My musical focus, lately, has been on trying to compose melodic motifs or fragments, in an improvisational setting, that have some beauty to them.  It’s very easy to simply roll out all the licks you’ve learned, or to doggedly stick … Continue reading

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Painting With X-Rays

Imagine that you have to do a painting of a model, from life, but the only light sources available to you, in the studio, are some radio isotopes (strontium 90 and caesium 137, for example) and a left over black … Continue reading

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Resentful Admiration

I read something that surprised me, recently.  It was this: that people who are jealous of another person (which, let’s face it, is something we regrettably see quite a lot, among the artist community) are actually expressing their insecurities, because … Continue reading

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Missing the Magic

People tend to focus too much on the things they don’t have.  Artists, especially, worry about the latest paint they haven’t tried, that new sound set they don’t yet have, the special type of musical instrument not (so far) in … Continue reading

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The Relevance Trap

Does the size of your audience indicate that the art you make is relevant, or is it merely confirmation of its irrelevance?  Consider that the acclaim of the masses is so easily manipulated by concerted marketing campaigns.  Does that make … Continue reading

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