Thanks for dropping by to read this, my first post to my first blog. Each week, I will discuss my process and what inspires me. This will include the mundane and the spectacular. I’ll shout out artists I like and works I find to be profound. Occasionally, I will have guests to make a contribution as well. This is my open journal about my creative process.
I probably would have picked a better week to start this, but tragic events occur all the time. Being creative, my output is influenced by how the outside world effects my consciousness.
In response to the Robin Williams suicide and the Michael Brown homicide, and the despair these events have caused, I decided to post an upbeat video: a recent performance at the ArtCenter/South Florida. In my own way, I’m trying to emulate the funeral culture of New Orleans, with exuberant music and dancing accompanying our loved ones to the great beyond.
Sadness and despair are part of the human condition. However, I do not find them to be particularly inspiring emotions. I like to look beyond the immediate fall out of tragedy and try to find hopeful signs. This has become increasingly difficult in this 24-hour news cycle and the maniacal need for information that has infected me and many of my friends. But I have found that constant consumption leads to a decline in my ability to create or even think for myself. In the end, I feel paralyzed because the news makes me angrier or sadder, but there is no recourse or correction for what has happened.
In this case, my music is an escape for me, my excuse to turn off the news and regenerate my capacity to feel. The beauty is that both of these men have revealed strong passions regarding their existence, one for promise unrealized, the other for long being taken for granted. I am not inspired by the injustice, but by the genuine emotions that have come to the front–impassioned eulogies, poignant images.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who are hurting, including friends that have recently dealt with the suicide of a very beautiful person and artist here in Miami. Take care of each other, and stay safe.