I listened to the Beatles a lot in junior high and into high school. Now I'm not knowledgable on the how's and why's of music and music theory (that would be my brother!) but I always marveled at how their sound changed over time. From something boppy and fun to something mysterious and fun, with harmonies that are SO fun to sing along with (I'm looking at YOU, "Because").
They're very inspiring like that for me. Changing from awesome into...still awesome. Taking chances. But...chances for the masses, if that makes any sense. Doing their jobs, but in a way that they find interesting. Hmm...
Mental note: listen to more Beatles.
I just changed my Facebook status to "...is an artist."
This came about through I conversation I just had with my manager. I said that I really wanted to be an artist, and he replied that he thought I already was. We chatted for awhile and it became apparent that I am the person I need to convince. Hence the first step - a public declaration.
And it was freakin' HARD.
I feel really weird about it. Like that someone may challenge my assertion and validate my fear that I'm not an artist. Or artistic.
I also feel weird that I feel weird. And that I'm admitting I feel weird. Too weird.
I'm still running and plan to complete a half-marathon at the end of March. This past Saturday I ran for 9 miles, which is much farther than I had ever thought possible. And what do you know, it felt great - after I was done I wanted to go out for another run. Of course, I was really tired and wouldn't have lasted 5 minutes, but the enthusiasm was there.
My plan for "Stompywalker" is going more slowly than I had hoped. If only I was as diligent about art as I have been about running! I can see that I'm going to have to schedule it in - otherwise work, running, games, TV, breathing...or something else, ANYTHING ELSE, seems to fill up my time.
I may need to forgo TV (not a big deal) and reading (a much bigger deal) in order to focus on art for a while. I was looking at random photos on Flickr today and felt like if I don't start creating, well, that would be a real waste. One reason I may not throw myself into art completely - controversy. I like images that make me uncomfortable or make me think but am not sure if I want the comments that would bring. Another blog post on that sometime. Anyhow -
So tonight. I will create something tonight, and post it.