Tuesday, April 7, 2009
This Is Not A Loop
Ha! Shall we call that the first laugh? Remember what I said about yesterday’s short track? Guess what? We’re not done releasing. We’re not done making room for love. We’re not done getting filled up with love either. 9:22—a blog record. I only bring this up, because I know it’s hard for everyone to try and fit the blog in. As I told a friend today, “Imagine how I feel?” I wanted to keep the tracks around five minutes a day. At five minutes a day, taking in the whole memorial blog would take 1.26 days. There will be those who sign on and those who don’t/can't. I’m not sure what long-term effect not keeping to the five minutes target goal might have.
Scot wrote this song, “I’m Releasing—To Make Room for Love,” in the mid-1980’s. We both got inspired by a whole series of books based on the concept of creative visualization—“Creative Visualization,” by Shakti Gawain chief among them. I had just finished reading “The Dance of the Wu Li Masters.” I was inspired by the notion that we might actually be able to create a reality we simply visualized. Scot and I also became inspired about the concept of mission. We created our own mission, which I will probably bring out one day along the line.
Scot’s master’s thesis at SF State was a book called “Picturing.” It was pre-photo-shop days. The premise of the book is that a person, who does not feel creative in their own right, could use the magic of photocopy reproduction to cut to the chase and COLLAGE their way to a more creative self. In this book, Scot teaches us how to use collaging to heal the past and to try to re-cast the future.
This is not a loop. Scot is playing solo guitar. However, please notice, the distinct bass line. The distinct melody line. The vocal line shifting and sounding a whole lot like a few Buddhist monks I’ve encountered. Scot is playing all these notes, all these lines, and at the same time, clearly focusing in on the intention and message of his song. I recommend singing along. I’m guessing you just may find a part. What I find interesting is how much kafuffuling is going on before the song, and then how instantly he settles in--also that he waits a good second or two before he breaks into his next song.
Today’s artwork, started out as a 20 X 24 acrylic on canvas painting, and ended up as this digital print. It’s called “Reach.”