“You just keep doing your work . . . ” Patti Smith – Music Monday

“What matters is to know what you want and pursue it – and to understand that it’s gonna be hard.” – Patti Smith

Not pursuing your calling is even harder.

For fourteen years I turned my back on music. Without music, all of my creative pursuits felt difficult, and often flat. Whether I had an audience that embraced me or not, music was the keystone activity that fed and nurtured all of my other pursuits. This last year, I started making music again. Everything in my life feels more colorful and alive now – including love.

I am opening my heart to be inspired by music, too. I didn’t know I put up a shield – but now playing has me listening and aspiring . . .

Recently, the White Stripes have been blowing me away.

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9 thoughts on ““You just keep doing your work . . . ” Patti Smith – Music Monday

  1. Music has to be part of the creative process. The White Stripes video is excellent. Rockin’ gritty and punchy. The singer/guitar player looks a bit like Bass Hunter, which is a kind of freaky since his style is so different form BH’s. White Stripes is a lot more fun and interesting to watch and listen to.

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    1. HI Timothy – I am not familiar with Bass Hunter – I’ll need to check him out. The White Stripes made this video – I think over a decade ago, so relevant on so many levels, especially with reference to the wall.

      I dreamed I was hanging out with Jack White (singer and guitar player of the White Stripes) last night! Means the music is going somewhere deep!

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      1. I’d be interested to what you think of Bass Hunter. Very boomba boomba, but catchy. Do you have any new music projects going on? My darkroom/slash music studio doesn’t have air-conditioning, so it’s been too hot to work on music projects over the past several weeks.

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        1. I have a few projects happening. One is a band called the Conduits – which we are calling New Americana – it’s sort of countrified everything. Acoustic. Stand-up bass, guitars, percussion. I sing and do percussion – though, I will likely start playing guitar for that group – sometimes we are a duo and we are called Holly and Pauly – two guitars will be nice when we are a duo.

          The other is an all-girl band called the Lofi Sofias. We call that spooky power pop. I play tambourine and sing and am just starting to play guitar with them. Guitar, keys, percussion, bass and drums. Fun stuff. We should have an ep (demo maybe? or maybe an ep) by the new year.

          Sometimes different creative projects have different seasons. I totally get the temperature issues!!! I paint in my garage – sometimes it’s too darn hot and sometimes bloody cold! And the music studio sometimes feels like an oven.

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          1. All your groups sound like fun. Countryfied everything can be cool, but Spooky Power Pop sounds like a really interesting style. I like listening to different styles of creative, original music. I’d love to listen to your EPs when you release them.

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