In times like these, I need frequent reminding that Life will take care of me if I listen to my soul and not to the voices of fear. This soul mantra is fun, upbeat and designed to hypnotize you into remembering that you are the center. May it lift your spirits and bring you back to what’s real.
This meditative piece that turns into a happy little song in the last minute came out of a dark moment. One of those days when I felt paralyzed, stuck in the mud of unhappy thoughts. The Mind Parasites had brought their A game and me…? I felt like a total loser.
One of those days where you tell yourself, “Just play up your damn guitar – five minutes – and you’ll feel better.” But you just stare at it, across the room, knowing you’re too much of a chump to walk over and even pick it up.
And then this thunderstorm rolled in. It was a clear summer day and suddenly the sky turned dark, the lightning crashed, the heavens opened up and the rain came down. And I got excited about trying to record the thunder and the rain on my iPhone. I ran outside under the front awning. I ran upstairs to the little back balcony. I trotted down the hall to my studio.
And I spent the next few hours in creative nirvana….
Right as Mercury was about to station retrograde in December I promised my supporters on Patreon I would put together a playlist of the songs I had completed in 2016. This week I finally got to the project, and I have to tell you – I’m really proud of myself. I still like the songs – which is always cool – but I think I’m proudest of the fact I kept doing the work. During a year when it would have been easy to kick my inner artist out of the studio and tell him to come back later when circumstances weren’t so challenging, I didn’t do that. I honored the Muse with my perseverance and attention. And she gave gave me these lovely melodies (and a few words) to share with you.
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Live looping rendition of Traffic’s Dear Mr. Fantasy. Recorded in Ableton Live 9 with McMillen Softstep, one microphone, one guitar. Everything you hear was played live in one take – albeit a take edited down from about 22 minutes or so!
Video images were all taken locally on my iPhone, except for the drawing which is the work of Detroit artist Kyle M. Stone and is featured in the cover art of the latest release by my rock band Stand & Deliver.
A couple of my favorite producer-teachers have been advocating the use of self-imposed limitations as a way of getting more work completed. It’s a ‘creative hack’ I’ve been ruminating about for a while. Cognitively, I get it – find it attractive, even. But emotionally?