Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Artist to Artist Series History and This Month's Show

I started Artist to Artist in 2013 after realizing that the art scene and music scene in Northern Colorado didn't have much overlap in terms of audience. There were music people and there were art people. The artists and musicians didn't appear to be aware of that. I thought that creating a series that would cross those lines would be a cool experiment. Over the years we've only done a few shows, mostly due to my time demands, but the shows we've had have accomplished what I'd hoped they would. Visual artists are reaching music fans, and musicians are reaching art fans, and the participants find mutual inspiration through the work of the other. I'm hoping to continue the series in various galleries and music venues around the region.

This Friday, January 27, I'm excited to share the evening with two of my favorites, poet/musician Jeff Finlin, and painter Matthew Fredricey. We'll be doing a collaborative show from 6-8PM at Lola's Fresh Patina in Loveland. A collaborative show is one in which all of us will be working in tandem with each other to create the experience as we go. Matt will be painting while Jeff and I each take turns reading or singing. There's no preconceived set list. What happens there will be a unique event, never to be repeated in exactly the same way. Lola's space feels homey and welcoming, so the feel of the evening will be much like a house concert. Suggested donation for the evening is $10 per person.

Matthew Fredricey's paintings are psycho-spiritual landscapes that travel through as many dimensions as a flat surface can hold. His work is vivid, brightly colored, and metaphysical with multiple levels of meaning. Matt currently has a show hanging at Lola's that you'll be able to see while you're there. Be sure to ask him about the works that grab your attention. The stories are as interesting as the paintings themselves.

Jeff Finlin is a man of many talents. Last year he released a book of prose called The Seduction of Radha, a musical retrospective of his 27 year career in songwriting called Life After Death, a yoga program for people in recovery from addiction called RecoverYoga, and a book from that program called 365 Days of Recovery Yoga. All this in addition to making a few music videos, playing two tours in Europe and the UK, and painting houses on the side. His poetry and music reveal a person who's willing to see the gold in hard times as much as in transcendent times. Archtypal imagery and spiritual themes of temptation and redemption are a fine compliment to Matt's painting.

I'll be along for the ride, sharing some of my new songs as well as a few aging ones. I find in Jeff and Matt two people who can articulate my spiritual understanding and vision as well or better than I can. They are simpatico. I invite you to bring your presence into the fray. I expect it will be a fine time, both moving and irreverently humorous.

Lola's Fresh Patina is located at 1349 Cleveland Avenue in Loveland, immediately south of Eisenhower/34.

January-February 2017 Upcoming

Monday, January 16, 2017

New Webcast-Podcast Make Your Own Way, Episode 1 Jeff Finlin

I've wanted to do a video/podcast series for a while now, and started with my friend Jeff Finlin. I'm interested in sharing the stories of my creative friends and their courageous steps to carve out their own paths. I don't know how often I'll publish, but if you'd like to see more, or be a guest, go ahead and subscribe to the YouTube channel, or follow the Make Your Own Way website and blog. thanks for watching!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Quantity, Schmantity! Tell Me About Quality

Whenever a new year rolls around many are inclined to declare resolutions, or set intentions, or set measurable goals for the coming year. I declare that I will lose 10 pounds a month. I intend to make a six figure income. My goal is to be number one on the New York Times Bestseller List. While having a number in mind might be useful in terms of ease of measuring, I think there is another useful way to resolve that gets overlooked; qualitative goals.

A qualitative goal is not concerned with the number of things you accomplish, or how much weight you lose, or how much money you make, but it can be fuel for all three quantities. A qualitative goal reveals a few things:

  • What really matters to you.
  • The kind of world you want to live in.
  • The depth and breadth of your imagination.
  • The difference you want to make.
Speaking only for myself, I have a difficult time being motivated by how much money I'll make, or how many people I'll reach. I'm more motivated by a feeling of vibrancy and vitality than by the goal of losing 50 pounds. Thinking about the difference I want to make in peoples' lives makes me want to create pathways to those changes. 

With that in mind, here is where I want to go in 2017:
  • I'm excited to help my clients find easy ways to thrive.
  • I want people who hear my music to experience deeper connection, brighter vision, and emotional well being.
  • I'm creating tools for people who want to have more wisdom, freedom and creativity.
  • I want my family to know that their interests matter to me, and that I will support and encourage their pursuits.
  • I want to expand my own understanding, and share my understanding with others.
  • I'm excited about serving my communities, and seeing them flourish.
  • I want to move through the world with vision, purpose, and gratitude.
These are the things that really move me. The numbers will take care of themselves. See if you can come with a qualitative list of your own. Happy New Year!

One of my favorite services is helping people start and finish big creative projects. Have you wanted to do something like write and publish a book, record an album, publish a poetry collection, develop a course or workshop, start a creative business, organize and present art shows, start a concert series...or anything else that fires your imagination? Have you been putting it off for too long? I have room in my schedule to work with two people in getting those dreams realized during the first three months of 2017. If you're one of those two, schedule a free consultation to get the details...

Monday, December 26, 2016

Thank You and Looking Ahead...

 I've had a couple of good days of rest after a particularly full and challenging year. I'm excited to have a few days to recover and clean out the corners to get ready for 2017. Before I do that, I'd like to send gratitude to so many people. While it wasn't the easiest year, I was surrounded by love and goodness in a multitude of forms.

I'm grateful first to Monica and B, and our little dog, too. For those who don't know, my dad spent the last year living with us in between independent and assisted living facilities. I didn't know the extent to which he would need to be taken care of, and our little family rose to the occasion. We made sure he was clean and fed, and Vinnie would have little visits with him. We had another family member for a few months in the midst of that. The identity isn't important, but it's only to say that we had our hands full.  Thankfully that chapter is closed. Despite the added stress and overwhelm, we managed to stay engaged and creative.

More gratitude flows to all the people who participated in individual coaching and workshops this year. My practice has been intentionally small in order to meet the other demands of life, but the people who hire me are some of the most talented and inspiring people that I know. I was able to pilot two new workshop programs, Making Your Own Way, and AUDIENCE! I've only just gotten started with these two programs, and the first AUDIENCE! Workshop for 2017 starts next week. I remain committed to helping creative professionals see bigger possibilities, have the courage to pursue them, and find ways to make them a reality.

The Three Principles discussion group that meets at Unity of Fort Collins on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month has become a source of delight and support. This is a lighthearted group who gets together to share experiences and reflect on how the principles of mind, consciousness and thought are unfolding for each of us. It's an open group so please consider yourself permanently invited to participate. Love offerings are welcome. Meetings are from 7-8:30. This video series is a good place to start in terms of understanding the main theme of our discussion.

I'm also thrilled to remain busy in the music realms. In May I'll celebrate my third year as the music director at Unity of Fort Collins. I'm surrounded my talented and generous people there, who continue to bring their gifts forward to serve the community. I feel lucky to be a part of it. I also am grateful for my other playing opportunities with Taggart & Silas, Vi Wickam & Friends, and Paul Chet and the Whiskey Chickens. We played some wonderful events this year! We're lucky to live in an area with so many music venues and opportunities. So far, the music calendar is pretty thin for the coming year, but I know that will turn around before you know it. The Gigs & Events tab above will take you to a page with two calendars. All of my appearances are there, so you can find them as you wish. Most of all, thank you to the people who hire us and the people who listen. You make it all worthwhile.

2017 is going to be full. I've got so many projects at various stages of completion that will see the light of day this year. I am planning on releasing two albums of music. The first is a collection of song demos I recorded over the past couple of years. There are a handful of songs I've played for several years that will be included, along with a few that I don't play frequently, but still love. The second album will be a recording of the songs I've written for Unity services over the past few years. Paul Chet and the Whiskey Chickens are set to release a full length album sometime late spring, and I would love to get an EP out in the world featuring Taggart & Silas. I'll be appearing sporadically on KRFC 88.9 FM in Fort Collins as both a Live at Lunch host and as one of the team of hosts for a new show, Your Roots Are Showing, Saturday afternoons from 4-6PM. I appreciate the folks who tune in.

In addition to the music, I have a couple of books that I would love to finish. The first is a companion to the AUDIENCE! Workshop, the second is a short book on discovering your internal source of infinite wisdom, freedom and creativity. As I said before the AUDIENCE! Workshops are starting next week. I'll be adding another session in Fort Collins in the near future, along with an online live streamed workshop for authors. I am also hoping to offer the workshop as a prerecorded online course later in the year. I'm also getting ready to schedule Wisdom, Freedom, and Creativity retreats in February, May and October.  These three day retreats will be unforgettable experiences that will rejuvenate and inspire. If you'd like to know about any of these events, just send me a request here.

I've been exposed this year to the hell of living in apathy(thankfully not my own). I am, more than ever, grateful to know that my imagination is limitless, my power flows from that, and that I create to serve those I love. This is an amazing life! I wish you all the best of years in 2017.