Category Thoughts About Art & Culture

Performance, Like Life

Performance, Like Life ~~~~~ Like life, ready or not, this guitarist jumps right in without introduction. Like life, he struggles, even if he has played before. We all study and play, learning the myriad songs and parts, recurring themes, mistakes echoing. We practice, hoping to grow into our music, know it in our bones, hearts. […]

Once Known

Once Known ~~~~~ Where do we find what we need? The basics, not only food, clothing, shelter, but also music, art, performance and poetry. Also the grandeur of nature, wherever and however it appears to us. Beyond the ultimate basics, keeping our bodies alive and replicating our species, we require the awe of creation which […]

Asking Why

Asking Why ~~~~~ They all told me that dying is an honor when you fall in the cause of freedom. What of the life that might bring peace, Words of the poet that might sway us? When will we know this loss as a horror? It tells how little of the road we’ve come. Am […]

Forget How We Remember

Forget How We Remember Variations on a theme by Shane Koyczan ~~~~~ Forget how we remember. Forget the games we played in May that should not be played in December, Since each bullet shot comes from a bigger gun And we always keep them loaded just in case. We court each human with enmity and […]

Ecstasy and Madness

Ecstasy and Madness ~~~~~ What would it feel like, Ecstasy, a brief moment? If we were unprepared, would it drive us mad? Madness may be sacred, yet, we treat it as malady. If we really listened truly What then might we learn? ~~~~~ Peace is Purpose, Nonviolence is Strength, Diversity is Unity, Empathy is Empowerment […]

Upon

Upon ~~~~~ Echoes upon echoes. Where did the sound begin? Has it ended? Is it merely repeating what’s gone before? A big bang, that’s now a weak noise we hear as echoes upon echoes. ~~~~~ Peace is Purpose, Nonviolence is Strength,  Diversity is Unity, Empathy is Empowerment ~~~~~ Please, leave a comment and let me […]

Express Me

Express Me ~~~~~ Art must be thrown ahead of what is happening now, like a quarterback’s pass must be thrown to where a receiver will be, not where they were when the pass was thrown. Similarly, I must decide what art is for me, besides pretty pictures. What appeals to me, mostly isn’t typical, but […]