A New Way to look at “Creative Imbalance”

So I’m writing a book right now that is basically a self-help guide to being a musician in a world of distraction and of time wasting opportunities that we always do instead of what we’re supposed to do.

The inspiration behind it is that even now as I’m typing this I feel I should be doing something creative, even though that notion is kind of ridiculous.

Or is it?

The idea that we need ‘balance’ in our lives is truly an absurd notion simply because in our lives we love to have an imbalance of certain things: sex, alcohol, and other things. We call those addictions but really it’s a wanted imbalance that becomes a dependant imbalance of doing something potentially good or bad for yourself simply because of the amount of pleasure you associate with it.

So why don’t we condition ourselves to have a healthy imbalance of being creative 500% of the time? Or at least the amount of time that we would need it, say for 5-6 hours of song writing you were really creative during the entire period.

It’s a bizarre way to look at things and I kind of prefer it this way myself simply because then I can trick myself into thinking I could write an entire song in a day by just starting simple and building. Eventually everyone gets tired and has a snack or juice or something but the idea is to be constantly creating to the point where you are too tired to do much else. For a musician this is ideal, I think. Because then you can have a few albums instead of one after 2-3 years of working on music.

Anyhow I hope this has been stimulating. A playthrough of one of my songs called “The Maxim of Hassahn” will be coming up very shortly.

~P.O

Spiritual Awakenings?

It seems that I do not create art or music or extended works of creativity without the idea that the initial concept is going to be a life changing experience.

Fear the Angels was a demo; albeit a long one, but ultimately it was an experience. I did a lot of soul-searching and digging up of old histories to inspire myself into writing music that would attempt to suit those atmospheres and places I could literally only imagine.

“Land of Secrets” has turned into one of those spiritual adventures where I had begun to question where my spirituality had gone. It turns out it had morphed into several things; firstly it had played a role in ego in a way that kind of explained the way I looked at myself.

And upon further moments of personal change and development I realized that this idea of Anubis striking Earth did in fact come from a place of old imagination and fantasy. Back when we were all children we had inspired notions of the way the world and the universe was. That all got washed away through monotonous education and ‘life’. I seem to delve back into that place mentally to produce something creatively and auditory. I hope to continue to share those childlike inspired stories of sound with who ever is willing to listen.

I have had a record of 2 albums recorded a year. I hope to keep that suicide-pace/rate for a long time. Music is an unending art form. Records can be played on a loop for as long as the contraption has power enough to amplify it. There is something profoundly humbling about that.

I am infinitely grateful for those of you who do listen and appreciate the music I am trying to articulate.

~p.O

Goodbye to an Old Friend

 

 

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This amplifier has been a part of my arsenal for a couple of years now; some tolex has been marked, but it has not deteriorated at all in terms of quality of sound and in stability. Recently re-tubing it has turned it into an even greater demon of sorts: it has enough gain to tear down buildings but a soft purr on the clean channel when overdriven makes it comparable to any Fender amp.

But it’s time to move on and let someone else experience the magic.

If you’re interested in buying it please shoot me a message.

~p.O

Lesson Price Update!

For those of you who are interested in Guitar lessons via Skype please check out my Lessons page on the navigation bar to check out the updated price list!

Cheers

~p.O

Balance

My life has seemingly become one very large balancing act. On one hand; I have a lot of work to do on my album. A lot of work does get done; simply because it is something I am passionate about and I have a lot of finishing up to do on it. I’m not even mentioning the fact that there are about 4-5 more phases to go through after I am finished writing this album.

Alas; not all of my time can be spent on the songs. I wish I had one more hour every single day so that I could work on them.

Hold on; one more hour?

What if I just went to bed an hour later? Or woke up an hour earlier? Hmmmmm?

Interesting concept, isn’t it? That’s what successful people do. They keep working hard at what they love so that they can keep moving forward. I remember thinking back to myself a few weeks ago; “Wow, imagine if I didn’t wake up at 6 today. Where would my head be at? What would I be doing at this time? Brushing my teeth?” that day I finished an entire song in solid swoop, or sweep for you guitar enthusiasts.

So just some food for though. I go through a lot of processes which makes songwriting very elaborate and difficult, much as anyone does to refine their work or art. My point is to do what you love to do, and to do it a lot. Get as much as you can out of it.

Today I spent an hour and a half and I got through an entire new musical piece. By new I mean I produced it from what it originally was; but that’s semantics. The point is I kicked a lot of ass. I was testing out a new work principal of 50/10: 50 minutes of work, 10 minutes of rest. But I ended up going hard for one and a half hours straight and only now have I stopped to blog and to eat some nasty little 59c noodles.

Oh well.

Off I go.