thoughts on creativity

August 10th, 2016
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… so I am fixing a water connection to the front of my house, and I look down and see a folded paper on the ground… I pick it up and unfold it, and find this;

song seed

song seed

well, well, well…

 

 

 

a song idea. from when? I had no idea. I have piles of songs and pieces of ideas spread literally all over the world. Funny thing, I don’t remember this song, writing it or even what the context was when I put it down. I remembered part of it – but not the chorus (exactly). I remembered enough to want to work on this more than the other song I was doing. Is this weird? I dunno. I have spoken to, listened to, read about, and worked with creative people of many varieties…and it seems the creative “process” varies quite a bit from person to person. Sometimes I wonder if the process is actually quite similar, but the artists awareness is of varying degrees. The reason I say this is that most everyone is surprised by their great “idea” and if it was truly their own, I don’t think this would happen. That would mean an idea is given… and if so, who gives it? I believe the Lord gives ideas, and we elevate or flush accordingly. I find the process of creating a song or video, or even just drumming so utterly pleasant. Exhilarating even sometimes… Here is an interesting thought from Van Gogh about painting – but many of his ideas parallel music.

“I tell you, if one wants to be active, one mustn’t be afraid to do something wrong sometimes, not afraid to lapse into some mistakes. To be good — many people think that they’ll achieve it by doing no harm — and that’s a lie, and you said yourself in the past that it was a lie. That leads to stagnation, to mediocrity. Just slap something on it when you see a blank canvas staring at you with a sort of imbecility.
You don’t know how paralyzing it is, that stare from a blank canvas that says to the painter you can’t do anything. The canvas has an idiotic stare, and mesmerizes some painters so that they turn into idiots themselves.
Many painters are afraid of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas is afraid of the truly passionate painter who dares — and who has once broken the spell of ‘you can’t’.
Life itself likewise always turns towards one an infinitely meaningless, discouraging, dispiriting blank side on which there is nothing, any more than on a blank canvas.”

Personally I don’t see things this darkly, but his point about the muse is certainly something to consider… even if you don’t have writers block. So many suffer paralysis from analysis. DO! WRITE! PAINT! CREATE! Don’t let that demon doubt (which would steal your very life if it could) tell you you can’t. Who cares if you get famous or rich? The joy you get from learning and overcoming an obstacle, and then saying THERE IT IS will far outweigh the voices that criticize… and you will destroy the whining “you can’t”. Creativity must have risks, it must sometimes fail, it must challenge and inflict, it must inspire. Sounds like learning doesn’t it?

You may not create the perfect masterpiece in your new medium – but you will be learning, and everything you learn about creates a lifetime of opportunities and interests that will swell your heart and fill you with inquisitiveness about possibilities. You can. 🙂

new song > got no soul

June 22nd, 2016
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For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul… Jesus Christ (Mark 8:36)

Hello all, I hope these first days of summer are greeting you with joy and radiance. The next song up is based off of the idea
Jesus highlighted in Luke 8:36… and that is what good is it to have the stuff, the status, the style – but lose your soul? I drilled through to the Greek Lexicon and the got this definition for soul.
I think the song text is fairly self explanatory. I used a mix of live and sampled sounds, myself playing drums, bass, percussion, acoustic guitar, keys and harmonica – with a special shout out to Doug Wamble for the slide guitar work. I had the song done fairly quickly but tweaked it for a long time – and also wanted to do a video… ya’know – I was just having fun. In the video I used a lot of visuals to support “the world” and to be frank – any or all of the items are perfectly fine to have – and are approved by God (in my view) but it is when we replace God with the world – or lose our soul in the process of getting our place in the world that we have the big issue Jesus meant. While I was mixing it we had guests from Europe visiting. One of the guests is a big classical music fan (and fan of very little else), but he described Got No Soul as “Hillbilly music” (some might say this is a derogatory term)… to which I say ” I put the “Hill” in Hillbilly 🙂 > I could care less if someone high brows a style of music – to be honest – I listen to just about anything. So many people miss out on so much in life with preconceived biases. I honestly don’t know if my guest liked this song – I played it for others that did like it very much indeed. I hope you enjoy it as well. As usual I have several formats for your viewing and listening pleasure.

got no soul
got your car, got your house
got yourself got yourself a brand new spouse
got your job, got your pay
got you got you got yourself every little thing that you want today

you got money money money with your sweet cash honey
get your little grubbies on the greenback fine
money money money get your sweet cash honey
get your little money your due

got no soul got no soul
got no soul no no
got no soul got no soul
you’ve got no soul

got your fortune got your fame
when no ones lookin you just hang your head in shame
got your this got your that
all you got you got you got everything you want
and that’s a where your goin now

money money money with your sweet cash honey
all more money that’s all that’s fine
all your grubbies on your hubbies little money
everybody see you sigh

got no soul got no soul
got no soul no no
got no soul got no soul
you’ve got no soul

no no no no…..

got no soul got no soul
got no soul no no
got no soul got no soul
you’ve got no soul

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“Because children have abounding vitality,

June 2nd, 2016
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because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.”

GK Chesterton

To trust is gain and growth, not mere sown seed!

April 21st, 2016
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Faith heaves the world round to the heavenly dawn,
In whose great light the soul doth spell and read
Itself high-born, its being derived and drawn
From the eternal self-existent fire;
Then, mazed with joy of its own heavenly breed,
Exultant-humble falls before its awful sire.

GM

new tune > el boomo

April 12th, 2016
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picked up some new waves plug ins – including the Kramer PIE – lathered that all over a drum track > fun <


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schongauer > the passion

March 24th, 2016
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If you have ever visited this site before you know among my favorite artists is Martin Schongauer, who lived 1445 – 1491. Since I have already posted images of his in previous years, I decided to add some of the passion series he engraved to supplement previous images. May you be blessed in this extra-ordinary, and hope filled time of year! The images below are titled; agony in the garden,the betrayel of Christ,Christ before Pilate, the flaggelation of Christ, ecce homo, Christ bearing His cross, Christ on the cross, the Resurrection (Click on image to view larger version).

agony in the garden

betrayel

Christ before pilate

flaggelation

ecce homo

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Christ on cross

the resurrection

new song > lookin

February 24th, 2016
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… so this next new song has met with some positive views from within the “inner circle” which believe me is not always the case. Not long ago I was on a cruise and I loved the look of the waves flowing by and thought it would make a cool video. I basically shot the 2 – 3 minutes straight and waited for the opportune song. Lookin happens to be the opportune song. The song is about reminiscing in a way…time flowing by… whispers warehoused in the memory as a shout… you know all that. I wrote the guitar progression in garageband then had Mike Wyatt play the guitar… I did a simple looped drum thing with brushes and then, of course, vocals. The funny thing about the lyric is I wrote the first chorus a loooong time ago – and part of it got smeared from sitting in a pocket… I really liked the part that got smeared but couldn’t for the life of me remember it. Oh well… sometimes I feel like the mad professor misplacing and losing things. Hope you enjoy the latest!

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The worst power of an evil mood is this–

February 4th, 2016
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It makes the bastard self seem in the right,
Self, self the end, the goal of human bliss.
But if the Christ-self in us be the might
Of saving God, why should I spend my force
With a dark thing to reason of the light–
Not push it rough aside, and hold obedient course?

GM

new song > everything burns

December 30th, 2015
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sooo – that was 2015 eh? Was it me or did this year whistle right on by? This next song, “everything burns” came about a while back as I had a huge bonfire in my back yard. I did some footage with my iphone in slo-motion and was suitably interested in the dancing very orange flames. The lyric and melody came at once – partially inspired by some graffiti I saw some time back. I did not know “everything burns” was in a Batman movie. Anyway, as I thought about the term I wrote the song with the idea playing off of some of the various burnings and fires in scripture (Hebrews 12:29, about our God being a consuming fire…Revelations 20:14 with death and hell being cast into a lake of fire…Acts 2:3 the tongues of fire at Pentecost…1 Corinthians 3:13 with our works being tested by fire…2 Peter 3:7 the heaven and earth being reserved for fire in judgement), after trying a few ideas – it became too much, almost forced… it is not meant to be at all “dark” – but my wife said it sounds depressing, oh well…. I like the repetitive melody and lyrics – and what basically is my only vocal take on the song (originally just a guide)… maybe this is one of those graffiti-esque musical jottings… I ended up not using my slo-motion flame shots because one got “corrupted” with a text title when I was trying to flip the perspective using an app on my phone…. so I opted for some video-blocks I have from a trial subscription – and I have my logo “fired” for fun. Right. 2015 revealed the benchmark of 100 published songs on my website. I feel pretty good about that. Don’t know if you have ever written, performed, produced and mixed a song, but the number 100 feels important to me. It is also a part of the larger “M initiative” …It is funny to think about how far I have come musically from the first songs, and subsequent doubts (which I still have), only to get accepted by several international agencies and end up on major broadcast cable tv with some decent money to boot. I still feel very much like a beginner in music. Some people complain about writers block – I feel like I have writers “burst”… I really have so many ideas musically (and artistically in general), and recently have been starting way too many and not finishing near enough. It is such a joy to make music and create in general, God is so good. There looks to be a lot coming in 2016, so strap yourself in, and, get ready, the best is yet to come!

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the Fathers weakness >

December 2nd, 2015
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What weakness! Our Lord lived 30 years in Nazareth with His brethren who did not believe on Him (John 7:5). He lived 3 years of scandal, popularity and hatred, fascinated a dozen illiterate men, who at the end of 3 years all forsook Him and fled (Mark 14:50); and finally He was taken by the powers that be and crucified outside the city wall. Judged from every standpoint except the standpoint of the Spirit of God, His life was a most manifest expression of weakness and the idea would be strong to those in the pagan world who thought anything about Him, that surely now He and His crazy tale were stamped out.

O.C.