Visiting the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam in June 2013 was inspirational on many levels. This newly reopened museum featured more Van Gogh’s then anywhere in the world. I have seen his work in NYC, Paris, and also visited where he last lived and eventually died in the south of France. Being able to be within inches of his works and admire the details of his brushstrokes and color choices left me in awe. I have also stood in the actual room he so famously painted here in the insane asylum before he took off his ear and his life.
I have a song called The Night Painter that I will be performing at The White House in Orlando on October 27th 2013 that I have dedicated to this painter and his work that has inspired me throughout the years. I also feel like a night painter when creating my tone poems in the late night and early morning hours.
What is your inspiration that will allow you to bring this level of detail to your work?
As long as there is an artist with a vision, something to say and a unique way of saying it, there hopefully will be an audience to support their ideas. Our goal as producers is to find that vision and shed a light on it.
I have been creating and releasing music from my heart since 1992. Now 20 years after my first worldwide release of Cairo, I am releasing a new 14 song collection called “The Color of Chill”.
All of my music has been inspired by trips I have taken throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. My hope is that you will be inspired by my music and experience your own journey while traveling through your day, whether at work, traveling, or relaxing.
My hope is that you will continue sharing my journey while experiencing your own.
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Just came out of a Alabama Shakes show at the 2012 SXSW.
Only loving their grovin’ hit “Hold On” when I went in, I am more of a believer now. Brittany Howard called upon the ghosts Austin’s 1968 dicovery Janis with her bluesy and soulful 12/8 ballad wailing and cries. Watch for her real reality show on tour making everyone a believer.
Being real is more powerful then posing as pieces of your hero’s journeys. When you find your own, it hits people to their core as I witnessed today.
Pat Metheny came to Rollins College in Orlando this week for 3 different events.
It kicked off with an interview by the Wall Street Journal music writer and author Terry Teachout.
They covered his over 40 music career and Pat’s musings on all things music.
Below are some of his quotes with a few additions of my own,
The events also included a masters class and a concert on the final night.
Q. What do you think about when you improvise?
A. You do not think about the process or the mechanics of writing when you write words. It can be the same when speaking through your instrument. Improvising is like communicating with who you are speaking with (the other musicians) and also reaching any other listener (the audience).
Q. What does the word jazz mean to you?
A. It is all just music. Not putting labels on music can open the pallet to fresh ways of listening.
Music it a scripture that is unique to each of us. It can reach beyond anything anyone can describe. As soon as you do, it gets lost beyond your capture point.
My final thoughts:
I came away humbled and inspired by Pat’s talent, honesty, and humanity. We are all students and never stop learning The deeper you go the more the sea looks vast and never ending.
Inspiration can come from any form of media. Or it can present itself in a current event, watching other creative people, a desire to change a wrong, or just from a muse.
My newest Inspiration came from my recent trip to Art Basil Miami, a week long event in Miami every December that showcases modern artists works from all over the world. From the million dollar cutting edge modern works and the famous Miro and Keith Herring pieces in the Miami convention center, to the many smaller gallery shows in every available space throughout Miami, there was Inspiration everywhere to draw upon.
What is your Inspiration?