June 1, 2008

June 01, 2008 10:49 PM

Life finds you no matter how much you mind your own business, seemingly keep to yourself , and quietly focus your energy with your work. Life reaches out. As I write this, there are persons who do not know each other yet they are all going through severe trauma. The connection point is their experience and need to communicate reached out to me. One whom I only got to know through their artistic output, told me last year that I was a muse. The work that was created was notable and full of soaring electricity in the form of music. If I am anyone’s muse, then let me declare the following. Let them see and get to know some of the many things that inform my life and let them embrace and celebrate life and a joyful participation in the sorrows which indeed makes up human life. Life isn’t just suffering. Clinging is what creates the suffering. Open your awareness and find the tools. Explore the Four Noble Truths and what they are actually saying. Study the wealth of Buddhist texts, all of Joseph Campbell’s lectures and writings, as well as Paulo Coelho (all of his books. Begin with The Valkyries)… Let them experience and appreciate the masters of self expression in the arts /theatre/music/design with diverse work from artists such as Maria Callas, Janis Joplin, Sarah Vaughan, Glenn Gould, Ligeti to artists like Tricky , Neurosis , Jonny Greenwood, Lydia Lunch, Gorgoroth, JG Thirlwell (I remember when HE performed with impaled pigs head on the stage), and actors such as Christian Bale , Dame Helen Mirren, Vanessa Redgrave, Tilda Swinton, and the iconoclastic design visionaries such as Martin Margiela and Maarten Baas in their respective genres…It goes on.