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Purity Of Expression

Posted on June 16, 2012 with 0 comments
One of the most important things in an artist's work is the need to protect his/her purity of expression, and not allow promoters, or society's expectations, or the lure of money to taint what the artist truly wants to express. This isn't always easy, and requires a considerable degree of self-honesty. However, the experience of freedom and joy that comes with a pure expression of the artist's love is well worth the sacrifices made, and benefits the viewer/listeners in a more substantial way.

I was talking to a friend of mine recently about what's really important in life, and it came up that it wasn't important whether you were rich or famous, or even had what most people consider "success" in life (whether it be material or social). It came up that what's really important is that whatever we do during the day, even the smallest of tasks, if done with love changes the way we experience life in ways we can't even realize sometimes. We don't even have to be "educated" or "well-read". If we remember to be grateful for everything we have in our life - see it as a gift, or- an opportunity - ie start with our immediate surroundings - the people (online or off) in our lives who bring variety, enrichment, creativity, or the guy or gal at the grocery store who had a particularly warm smile when you had a hard day, or your pet who's always ready to love you - faults and all. We've all heard this before, but how many of us really put (and keep) our attention on it? I'm writing this [...]
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Writing music is my way of celebrating and interpreting my life experiences. It's also a way for me to take difficult experiences to a new level of understanding. I'm always amazed by the lasting truth of the realization that it's of utmost importance to find something in life that we can really love, and to love what we do. Writing music is my perennial reminder. The creative process never ceases to surprise, delight, and inspire me. Thankyou listeners/readers for being there to be part of this creative process.

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