Monday 15 August 2016
What do you consider work as an artist?
How hard does a flower or a sunset have to work to look so beautiful?
For years and years I've sat down at my computer to go 'to work' - on planning, marketing, sales and promotions of my business - organising events, posters etc etc.
And in all that time I squeezed in my practice or research or arranging or writing in between my work.
Recently I met an old friend who's a wonderful songwriter. In his earlier life he worked as a journalist. And since retiring from that line of work, he plays music regularly, within a 10 mile radius of his own home and always sleeps in his own bed at night. Never tours and never worries about any of the chases attached to any of the creative businesses. And he says "I've never worked a day in my life - I've loved both of my jobs so much." Isn't that a wonderful thought?
And I thought to myself - Fil, you are thinking all wrong about this. Those other things should be only by the ways, but the real work should be the creative processes.
Coming from a background of working 9 to 5, even though I myself have only done that for a couple of years of my earlier working life, I've always thought that I was doing nothing.
It's a hard habit to change. But change it I will - and that's my 'work' for the time being.
Are you playing or working tonight? I'd love to hear your take on it.