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...