Monday, March 17, 2014

The Phenom of stopping just when things get going… 2/23/14

I am still surprised at how often I experience this, both in my studio with students and I must confess, for myself, as well.  Someone comes to me for lessons, or they start coming to the Singer's Salon, or they are pursuing their artistic dream in one form or another. They are perhaps just starting to make headway, they are getting deeper, they are starting to confront the real “issues’ - and they stop. The process of developing your artistic skills, mining your gold as an artist, so to speak, is somewhat like therapy in that sense. We find the real goods and fear wells up and we run screaming from the lesson, session, workshop, audition process or --fill in the blank. We run from the studio, the blank page, the collaboration when things get going, when things get DIFFICULT. And of course this is just the time to hunker down and get to work, for here is where we will find our true dilemma and our true voice. We must write through, sing through, work through this discovery process but fear- fear overtakes us? Why?
What are we really afraid of?
sunset bird

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Reveal

“My life as an artist has been spent trying to hide myself-so that I might reveal myself.”

Oh I stopped myself again, so thoroughly and completely and –why? Was it simply not knowing who I was anymore, or even who I wanted to be? Yes, I suppose that was it. Or perhaps it was the simple burden of teaching, and writing and existing while in this process of transformation? Or the pretense of trying to be and look successful and like somebody oh so special? When underlying it is the old cold feeling of being a nothing and a nobody and a loser? I wonder, does everyone have this at their core? Or is it just me and my kind? …my creative kindred.
I wrote that quote at the top of the page in my journal and realized that that, of course, once again, is where I’m at. I don’t know how other people live their lives or make their art or whatever their work may be. We are surely all shape-shifters and mask- wearers, on some level, but those of us who make our lives in the creative arenas require a special relationship to both the value and danger of being such. I realize that the role of teaching artist begs these questions in much the same way. I say “the role” because everything is a role. Under the heart of me, the burning questing feeling reeling depth of me is just pure joy pure pain pure blank wonder. But the daily living does not support that-oh be sure of it. One must find who one is while walking down the street, (I have tried it the other way and trust me when I say; it is not a good idea.) Teaching is another role, as is singing, as being in a band was. Being an actor is a sorely missed role encompassing many roles and so it MADE SO MUCH SENSE. Being a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, a lover, a daughter, yes, we know, we are all “roling” along. When does it work, when not? Is that then the question? When does it connect to that inner raw something that is us, when does it become something through which the real authentic me, you, whoever, can be expressed? That is the question.
How do we make these heavy light/ decisions, these wonderful /terrible differentiations? That is the stuff of our lives isn’t it? I have to keep going back to this because I get lost in the role (sometimes) and it changes, and I lose why the hell I was doing it in the first place (sometimes). Or the role disappears through some vagary of fate or through my own doing as has happened this past year and I am just plain lost. And I realized that faking it is just too too exhausting and ‘tis better to let this too too solid mask melt away and to let what is, be revealed- if just for a moment.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Singer's Salon August 11!!!

The Singer's Salon continues to be an awesome, joyful and rewarding experience in every way! I plan to resume blogging more about it this week! In the meantime, come out and sing!