This week has me filling my well quite a bit with some much needed solitude, new music to chew on and some time with friends and family. Today I went for a rainy walk with Lisa and Anna in Spring Grove Cemetery which has been a favorite walking place and source of inspiration of Lisa’s for years. Spending time with friends who are also fellow artists is a nourishing way to jump start my own creativity, making space for productive alone time.
A couple of years ago a movie called Once came out and I heard about it from numerous folks, all who said I would love it. I finally got around to watching it this week and, as predicted, it was right up my alley. The music in it is just the sort of stuff I like to listen to when working in the studio, so naturally, I began to dig a little deeper into who the artists are who put the soundtrack together for the movie. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova wrote/co-wrote most of the tracks on the CD and they have a delightful musical chemistry which makes this album somewhat different from the work that Hansard does with his Dublin based band The Frames.
I read a number of articles about Irglova and The Frames, but it’s Hansard’s thoughts on making music that really resonate with me. He is an artist’s artist….
“Basically all songs are residue. They’re just bits of muck, for me. They’re not craft. If you imagine a snail that leaves a residue then goes off and dies, and for years there’s a silver path of residue across the wall of your garden shed. It looks gorgeous, but [pauses] I always imagine that people who make art just live a life. It doesn’t matter if they lead a good or a bad life, but they leave behind these increments in time, little bits and clues as to what emotional landscape or emotional mapping was going on at the time.”
People who make art just live a life. wow. I think there is quite a bit of truth to this, though there is also the show-up-and-work part of things that needs to happen as well, at least for me. But this notion of simply allowing the art to happen is refreshing and maybe something I need to consider. I am guilty of a fair amount of over-thinking which I often side-step by involving myself in process laden work, where losing oneself is a positive by-product.
So now as I listen to the music of my new fave Glen Hansard (as well as the hypnotic sound of my leaky roof) I think I’ll go lose myself in a bit o’ beeswax….