The Inner Path of Photography

We yearn for the taste of the sacred…and through our cameras discover it, the world, and ourselves.

Category: Music

In the creative zone – listening to KCRW Eclectic 24 tonight

Working on a photography project and listening to KRCW Eclectic 24 – what great programming!

I’ve been in the zone for hours as the music just keeps on going…

What do you listen to as you create?

“Halloween Spartans” – Galveston, Texas ©2011 Heidi Straube

One of my favorite Christmas tunes…:) Merry Christmas!

Jimmy Buffet – Christmas Island

See you on the island – one of these Christmases!

May your holidays be full of love and inspiration…

heidi

Peter Cooper & Eric Brace – Inspiring Musicians

I believe it’s important for artists to get their inspiration and support from all kinds of sources…not just other photographers, for example.

This weekend I went to McGonigel’s Mucky Duck in Houston and heard these amazing  musicians…both singer/songwriters of great talent. It was a magical evening, reaffirming my faith that there are still many fine artists out there who are dedicated to and perfecting their craft…and that it is an act of love to do so and share and inspire others.

Peter Cooper writes beautiful songs that are very visual as well as emotional – I would call them “song pictures” – you can see the picture and feel the story as he sings. One of my favorites was the song about Hank Aaron “715 (For Hank Aaron)” – what a great (and discouraging) story told through music.

Eric Brace has a wonderfully kind and strong energy as he sings. Two songs that that were hauntingly beautiful, in the style of classic loving bluegrass stories. really affected me.  (I turned to the woman at the bar sitting next to me: “Do you know who wrote that?” She answered (loving smile): “My husband.” More, more, Eric!

An added gift was the presence of the well-known Denice Franke, who came up from Galveston for the performance and sang with Eric and Peter on an old Eric Taylor song. More magic. And a great conversation with her afterward about the need to honor all of our interests and allow balance in our lives, so we can create from a joyous center.

Peter and Eric have a great sense of humor – their stage presence enhances and enlivens their songs – and to see and feel the friendship between these two men is another experience to be shared and enjoyed.

Here’s the article that inspired me to go…

Some additional links to music…
Eric & Peter, 14 songs on Reverbnation
Denice Franke from latest album “Gulf Coast Blue”

And my thanks to all for an inspiring evening, inside and out.

A New Year’s Wish & Song…

“Family Dancing” c. 2008, Heidi Straube


May you dance gracefully

on the tips of the waves
in the flow of the current
the sea of life


As we dive into the unknown of 2011

I wish you


love
nurturing
the bliss of joy
the strength for challenges

memory of you

 

deepest

 

Kabir’s Song


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