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A Modern Interpretation of “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”

The book, “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”, was written in 1884, by the illustrious William Morris; at least three years before the first Arts and Crafts exhibitions were proposed and long before there was such a thing as an “Arts … Continue reading

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Appreciating is Good, Creating is Better

Something occurred to me, today.  It was in relation to music.  I had the thought that knowing how to make music is so much more satisfying than being a fan of music.  I’ve been a big fan of music all … Continue reading

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Having It Their Own Way

You might have experienced this in kindergarten, or in an art class.  You’re all happily getting along and playing and then some person barges in and begins to want everything their own way.  They start bossing people around, shoving people … Continue reading

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The Dark Side of Obsession

Artists know the feeling well.  You get absorbed in your work to the point of obsession.  Yes, you might be making great art, but there is a personal, psychological price that you are paying to do it.  Most of us … Continue reading

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The Money or Your Life

Does the world want artists, driven by their honesty, their preparedness to help humanity see differently and their fierce independence?  Noam Chomsky expressed it, rather bleakly, like this: “The world does not reward honesty and independence, it rewards obedience and … Continue reading

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Reclaiming Your Power

Everybody acknowledges that there are people that are considered powerful.  We can probably name them.  They probably think of themselves as powerful, too.  As an artist, how do you escape the idea that you are powerless and that powerful people … Continue reading

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