Tuesday, February 19, 2013
A diamond in the rough I truly am. I was described as such recently when introduced to an art loving audience in Omaha. I've thought about that introduction a lot since then, realizing how I likely appear as such to a lot of people. In so many ways I left conventional thought behind years ago. I get along well with folks, but I think my sense of boundaries is more fluid than the norm. Even though there are good reasons to proceed with caution among strangers I take my sense of ease with me fully aware that I inhabit an insane world. I digress. I came here to put down some thoughts about the Bemis Carver Bank site. I was recently chosen as one of the first artists-in-residence for this groundbreaking project. Omaha has a long and sad history of racial segregation that seems to be steeped more in old ghosts than anything current to keep it as such. I stepped out into the city decades ago to see what really goes on and when I drive through my old neighborhoods it is striking how there has been no change at all. I don't know that I can do much about this but it makes sense to me to provide events at the Carver that would be of interest to people throughout the city. Benson has become a hotbed for musical activity in recent years and I am an active part of this scene. The Carver Bank site appears to have much potential for becoming a place for unique and interesting media events. Exhibiting my collage art and video, doing live collaborations with various artists and musicians on at least a monthly basis are some of my initial thoughts. This entry is a bit of a ramble but I'm appreciating this opportunity.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Thursday, February 7, 2013
I felt the need to document this thought somewhere. Awhile ago I stepped away from organized religion and this is the lingering reason for it. I have wrestled with the idea of God all of my life. In my mind, if there is such a divine entity why would it/they need to be worshiped? The entire notion seems un-divine to me, rather human I'd say. The idea that people need to worship something higher to keep them in line also doesn't hold much water in my opinion. Just wanted to write this down.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Feeling good and needing to release it. I got the test pressing in for my next record yesterday and gave the project a green light. I announced pre-orders today and have nearly 40 sales already. I only pressed 100 copies! I really didn't know what to expect, I don't take this for granted. I have always been a vinyl junkie and making records has always been what I've wanted to do. I'm just thankful for this moment in time and in my life.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Maybe I don't need to but I feel compelled to publicly state that I will be spending less time watching videos online for the time being. The You Tube Vinyl Community has been a godsend to my life, finally finding a group of like-minded record nuts. It is still very vital to me. I had gotten into the habit of uploading a video almost daily. At the moment this has changed. In my mind I am in another period of transition and my focus is different as a result. My hope is to establish mechanisms for me to be compensated for my art, in other words I am back to work on a regular schedule.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
2012 was quite a year for me. So many things happened the time line blurs. Looking back at quitting my career job at Community Alliance by walking out, I still feel good about it. The idea of it being a burning of a bridge that I should regret still seems like propaganda to me. Many little and not so little things I have wanted to do have happened, especially after leaving my old job. I live spartan-like but I always have. To my way of thinking, the fact that most people remain blindly focused on attaining riches after all these years of folly just seems mad. Continually, the reward for me is the doing rather than the compensation. With that said, I step into the new year with the resolve to stay focused in the here and now and savor each momment.