Art for the Heart

So why does making art today need to just be about becoming famous? Like that is the end goal, the only goal for many, and if that end isn't achieved then somehow the art must not be good enough. What happened to making art, amazing art just because you want to. Just because for some of us, we HAVE to?

Me at The Hideaway, London, 2012

Me at The Hideaway, London, 2012

Yes by a plethora of different reasons [too long to go into here], some art makers get to have their work appreciated [and picked apart] by lots and lots and lots of people, and also have it held on a very high pedestal, and for some we get the great privilege of making art for the sheer pleasure of it, to an audience that isn't an extremely vast number.

Is there then anything wrong with the art? No, how can true art even be critiqued in that way.

Is there purpose in it? Heck yes!!

Art, even independent art is good for the heart. It's good for society, and it shouldn't be marginalised, and the artist be made to feel less than.

Not everyone can make a significant living out of making art, but they should do it ANYWAY. True creativity should ALWAYS be supported and nurtured, not necessarily into a mass-marketed, money-making product, there is a place for that I suppose, but true artists of whatever place or stature, should be encouraged to make authentic, beautiful art, and that art should be helped to find its proper outlet and audience.

So for all of my creative buddies, I see you, please keeping creating, and growing artistically for the sheer joy that it brings you.

And I'm gonna try to better support you, because your art is good for my heart. x

"One Good Thing About Music..."

'...when it hits you, you feel no pain."

Bob Marley penned a fabulous classic with a sentiment I always held to be true until recently.

As a music lover and maker, I have found very few things that can provide the sweet, pure, catch-less joy that music can. The discovery of a new sound, the first cut of a piercing lyric, or the fuzzy glow of a well-worn but never tired classic are moments we were all born to experience over and over again.

However despite all this, I must admit that I recently experienced music related pain.  After fully immersing myself in the business of making and sharing music, I stepped away. Indefinitely.

I was soooo not prepared for the pain of such a loss, and after passing through all the stages of grief, answering all most of my deep, secret questions, I came full circle, and am back in the bosom of a great love.

So for me, music hit and I felt pain, but it must have been a pain worth experiencing, because here I am....again. xx