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“I used to be afraid to fly…”

“I used to be really afraid to fly, Mr. White says. “My palms would sweat for days, thinking about it. After I made my first record, in 2001, my fear was half of what it used to be, and I think it was because I accomplished some of the things I wanted to do. I think you’re only fearful of dying if you haven’t lived.”

(“In Greenwich Village, a Songwriter’s Garrett” NY Times 5.6.2010, about singer-songwriter Kenny White‘s NY apartment)

Today’s article in the NY  Times caught my eye, because I’m still looking forward to having another artsy house and studio in the future. I loved the interview, the sensibility of the musician, and pictures of this Greenwich Village home…and then the totally unexpected icing on the cake was this quote.

A fine sharing of a very personal experience and a perspective I agree with.

Plus listen to his music…it’s great! – On Sondheim: The Musical-Theater Legend At 80

For artistic inspiration!

Here’s a wonderful interview with Stephen Sondheim, Broadway composer (among other things)…interesting thoughts about creating, being an artist in the world…enjoy especially the last 5 minutes where he talks about “the creative moment” and getting totally lost in the flow of time.

There are also audio clips of some of  his music…I love the last song in the interview “The Best Thing That Has Ever Happened…”

Stephen Sondheim is 80 this year…lots of tributes happening in New York this week…and he’s just finished a new show!

May we all be as alive and creative throughout our lives…

Interviews like this really inspire me and also remind me of the great respect I have for creative people at the top of their game…may this interview support your art and life also…


We all start somewhere…David Bowie’s demo recording, 1969

I was listening to mvyradio this morning as I was working, and a cut by David Bowie caught my attention. It was a version of “Space Oddity” I had never heard before…acoustic…and very personal. Before he even started playing, you heard him quietly say “I’m a little nervous.”

What? David Bowie nervous?

Turns out it was a demo from 1969, when he was first recording. Having to convince radio stations to play his music.

The DJ commented on the song after playing it. She, too was touched by the vulnerability in his voice, and shared my thoughts:

We forget that all talented people have to start somewhere….

That we all have our moments (often more or longer than we’d like) of vulnerability, insecurity, nervousness about our art.

I need to hear about other artist’s challenges, struggles, insecurity…as well as seeing how they persevere, trust their talent, and carry on with their work.

It gives me support in doing the same.

Too often we’re shown the obvious successes, and led to believe that that’s the only story…while in reality, we know that’s only part of the story. We want the highs, of course, but we also want to know that others know the lows are a part of it too. And then the successes become even more thrilling.

There’s a beauty in David Bowie’s vulnerabilty, and in the sound of his voice as he shares that he’s nervous. It makes his singing and talent even more beautiful to me.

Coincidentally, I also found this article today about David Bowie’s first fan fan letter and his response. Same beginner’s vulnerability.

May we all retain that pure innocence of simply enjoying our art, and appreciating someone else’s recognition and pleasure in it too.

Everyone needs music…

Everyone needs good music to accompany them as they print photos, edit, or decide who to send their newest photos to. I miss my darkroom…that was one of the finest times, working in near blackness, breath held with anticipation then joy as I watch images magically appear in the chemistry, the sound of my favorite tunes enveloping me.

So now that I’m working more with digital, it’s been a challenge to recreate that magical feeling of total immersement in the creative space. Working late at night seems to help for me….all is quiet, lights are low, darkness surrounds, and my speakers resonate with soul. The tactile, sensuous part of feeling the paper, smelling the chemistry, hearing the rush of the water in the wash tray is missing…but the satisfaction of discovering wonderful images I didn’t know I had shot, or (hoped that I had) still hits me deliciously, uplifts my  inner being and gives me that addictive rush.

My spirit soars. All is right with the world.

So….here are my latest favorite radio streaming sites that get me “in the zone”….

What are yours?

MVY radio, Martha’s Vineyard and the World

WFUV 90.7 FM, Public Radio from Fordham University in New York City

Progressive Radio for Long Island – WEHM 96.9 FM

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