This year I decided to introduce my four year old son to the concept of Halloween. This is despite the fact that we live in Australia and party-poopers here insist that Halloween is more of an American tradition. Well, I’m sure many scholars would dispute this assertion given that All Hallows’ Eve is observed in a number of countries around the world and arguably has pagan roots dating back to ancient times. But I digress. The fact is, it’s hard to go shopping at this time of year without passing aisle-ways stacked sky high with spooky paraphernalia.
Well, I think I’ve finally figured things out.
For sometime my art has been one big melting pot of styles, techniques, themes and ideas. I’ve never been a one-trick pony so to speak. I tend to get bored or distracted easily and move from one creative challenge to another like a chameleon changing colors.
When I look back at what I’ve accomplished art wise over the last year I feel a little frustrated. As far as my own creativity goes, I get bored pretty easily. And I don’t like repetitiveness. I like to experiment with new styles and techniques and I tend to derive inspiration from many different sources.
To excel at one thing would feel like a curse to me. I don’t like the idea of being pigeonholed but I also realize it’s how the majority of people will relate to me as an artist and the type of work I do. Finding that one thing that I’m really good at and focusing on that one thing is bloody hard to do. So, until such time as enlightenment strikes, I might as well keep treading my own path with an open and inquisitive mind.
Variety is the spice of life as they say. Good job I like spice.
I finally decided to ditch my FB profile in favor of a FB page. So, I no longer have any friends. I have fans. Or followers. Or whatever they’re called these days.
You see, for some time now, I haven’t been enthusiastic about having a FB profile because I wasn’t really interested in sharing too much personal stuff online. Some of my virtual friends were people I’d never met. And some I may have met once or twice but hadn’t seen in the flesh or spoken to in ages. Others, I had nothing in common with at all.
Last night, I took my iPod Touch to bed and watched an interview with Karl Hyde, lead vocalist and musician with the legendary electronic dance outfit Underworld. It was uploaded to YouTube by FaceCulture in 2010 and must have taken place sometime around the release of Underworld’s eighth studio album, Barking.
Karl speaks at length about his musical partnership with Rick Smith and he also delves into his love affair with music in general, how he hardly ever listens to his own stuff but often tunes into the radio and is regularly adding to his huge record collection.