An interview with Jeff Tweedy of Uncle Tupelo and Wilco by Bob Boilen at All Songs Considered

On Pain And Songwriting

“I have a lot of strong opinions about the ‘tortured artist myth,’ and, in my opinion, the mistaken notion that art grows out of pain. Everybody has pain in their life. Everyone suffers. If art grew out of suffering alone there’d be a lot more art, and a lot of really true horrific suffering on this planet is done by people in positions where they don’t have the means of production of any type of art. Their daily struggle is survival…

“I think it’s just that art becomes great when people are able to see themselves and recognize themselves in it. And unfortunately one of the most shared experiences for humans is sadness and suffering.”

https://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2018/11/27/669963866/jeff-tweedy-on-anxiety-addiction-and-a-lifetime-making-art?&te=1&nl=morning-briefing&emc=edit_nn_p_20181210&section=whatElse

Toil and Hope

November 6, 2018

Here is my latest sculpture, “Toil and Hope”.  It is made of a found object, wood, and gold leaf. It 19.75″ tall and 10.5″ wide.

Toil and Hope

Toil and Hope

 

Here is a very good article on creative flow from an angle from which you may not be aware. Enjoy.

 

How to Unleash the Great Perfection of Creativity

By Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

From Lion’s Roar; Buddhist Wisdom for Our Time, July 2, 2017

Informed by the profound teachings of Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal tells us how to unleash powerful creative energy we can use anywhere, from the office to the art studio.

Photo by Jennifer Pack.

READ THE ENTIRE ESSAY HERE.

 

Lonely Girl Recording Pic1

Listen to a new recording of a song I wrote many years ago. It is so beautifully sung by Ekat Pererya and recorded and rendered by Lou Pererya. That’s me on keyboards. Enjoy.

Lonely Girl ©

My first Native American flute build. This is from a kit sold by Blue Bear Flutes and is made of cedar. I added some detail of my own, of course, with an inlay of poplar along two sides and a crow totem on the sound block. Thanks to Charlie Mato-Toyela for his great YouTube video guidance, supplies, and book on the subject.

Listen to a brief recording of me playing this flute.

Here is a link to the Open Culture web site where they have a post with jazz piano great Bill Evans talking about improvisation. The accompanying video, “The Universal Mind of Bill Evans”, is about 45 minutes long. Worth the time and attention.

http://www.openculture.com/2012/04/the_universal_mind_of_bill_evans_advice_on_learning_to_play_jazz.html

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Joshua Wolf Shenk has a new series on Slate.com on creative pairs, Two is the Magic Number. Accompanying a long essay is a 3+ minute video on John Lennon and Paul McCartney's creative relationship. Related to the previous post here on creative relationship evidenced by remixing, this article explores in depth the "myth of the lone creator". This is Part 1, here is Part 2Part 3. Enjoy.