Finding Inspiration

Usually when there is thunder in the sky a lot of people like to duck and cover in fear and in expectation that their day will be ruined by some cosmic alignment of molecules destined for their day to be ruined. I like to think of thunder storms as the release of energy, which is what it really is.

It’s up to us as to what we do with that energy, are we afraid of it? Do we utilize it? Do we teach what it’s meaning is? Do we give it spiritual value?

I choose to give it inspirational value. What is more primordial and raw than a thunder storm? The feeling of the earth shuddering beneath your toes coupled with a raging tide of rain falling seemingly endlessly from the sky – what could be more poetic?

Of course earthquakes, volcanoes, and tornadoes as well as other natural disasters are infinitely more powerful, but we only get the occasional thunder storm here on my part of the world.

I enjoy the fact that humans are absolutely powerless, even in their understanding of how the world and it’s forces work. We can understand it, we can even to a certain small scale reproduce these things, but we can’t do anything about them on the planetary scale.

This powerlessness brings power, I figure, as we remember that we are beings who have divined the earth with our creations. I mean to say, we rule the earth, but we are still subject to it. There is never going to be a power struggle, there is a hierarchy. We are second on the food chain to a global catastrophe, are we not? Could not the earth swallow us in tsunamis and hurricanes?

It’s an interesting thought.

Alas, this post is about finding inspiration. So to get to my point quite quickly and plainly: if I can find inspiration in a thunder strike or two, where can you find it?

Back From Europe!

My apologies to those of you who read my blog! I just got back from Europe and I will be posted incessantly regarding the beauty of the place in the inspiration I experienced.

This is not just a music blog, this is a musicians blog. Where I discuss inspiration of every form in every way I possibly can. I post a lot of pictures and a lot of music and a lot of thoughts and I am even beginning to write a book on how to better yourself as a musician, currently.

Let’s get back on the ball ūüôā

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

MMXIII

In this year I will be going to London, Paris, and Amsterdam. I will release “Land of Secrets” under a label. I will tour Europe in the summer. And most importantly, I’ll be making and doing really cool things. That is a short list of seemingly monumental activities, but in reality it’s the every day effort that changes your life around.

Consistency¬†is key? Alright then; what’s stopping you getting a little better at something every single day? What about those days when you feel like you’ve progressed far? What about those weeks when you’ve felt like that and things add up nicely?

I have no resolution for 2013, I was doing what I intended to do in 2012. The only difference is the action. The only difference is the cleanest slate and the cleanest mind to go with it.

I welcome 2013; I will bathe in the fires of my own passion.

Gratitude

So ever since I started reading this book “The Magic” I’ve become a lot more grateful. As expected; the books chapters contain daily ‘rituals’ for being grateful as it’s premise is that being more grateful will only bring you more of what you are grateful for; or at least a lot of positivity.

Well since I started using it and started literally feeling how grateful I am; a lot has changed. A lot of confidence has started to build up. A lot of personal promises have been kept; and a lot of change has happened in my relationships and in my confidence with money. I have a very small sum of money; according to society, but man is it going to bring me a lot of changes that I am really happy to say will be only amazing ones.

I am grateful for it. I am grateful for what it will bring me and what my resources have given me in the first place. I can only go up and up from here with it. Partly is of course because I know where to invest it, but the other part is knowing that it is going to actually cause positivity. There is something really heart warming about knowing that you are going to do something positive with something physical in a way that will provide happiness – it’s this endless circle of joy. I love it.

I implore you to try it out. Take 20 minutes a day and think about things you are grateful for, and really feel it. Think about your relationships and your monetary situation or your career and just be grateful for where you’ve gotten yourself. A pat on the back can go a long way to helping confidence issues and bringing about a lot of extra joy you didn’t realize you could tap into.

Especially around this holiday season I am beginning to feel the happiness of family whereas usually people think hanging out with the fam-jam is a very boring and potentially hazardous situation or thought. I love it. I have a very small family but we get along just fine. We have never been super wealthy in the eyes of big pay-checks but we certainly do have each other. What more could you ask for other than for good health and to be actually happy with your life?

When one starts to focus on the ‘don’t-haves’ and the negative aspects of their lives they usually NEVER¬†think about the positive aspects of those negatives. I know for me my current situation financially won’t bring me an apartment of my own, but I don’t let it get me down. I am thankful for knowing where I want to be, and what apartment I do want so that when I get it I am that much more grateful. But to even think of such pleasant thoughts and bring those endorphines in is ALSO something to be grateful for – getting the picture?

Just be grateful. It’s not that hard. As Devin Townsend has said in one of his songs “Laugh, love, live, learn.” Take the high road.

Cheers.

~P.o