For whatever reason, deep in the muck of my monkey mind, during my time in Taos I’ve decided to re-work the songs on Holy Bones and make piano versions out of them. WHY?
Thoughts on the trail during my artist residency …
I just crested staying over two months in Taos, New Mexico as an Artist in Residence at the Wurlitzer Foundation. A few days after I arrived here I sought out the Devisadero Loop Trail, a section / foothill of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. It begins around 7,000 feet above sea level and makes its way to 8,300 feet. Needless to say, my Minnesota lungs were winded. I was such a PILE on the first hike. Took me 2.5-3 hours and I was exhausted on those early days of being here. Now I’m run/hiking it, and just had my best time at 1:10.
“Devisadero” has a few searchable meanings – could be from the Spanish word for ‘division.’ The forest service says it means “lookout place” and that “the peak had once been used by the Taos Pueblo Indians to stand guard against the Apaches who would come down Taos Canyon to raid the Pueblo.” Or it might be from the word divisar, meaning similarly ‘to gaze at something from a distance.’
I haven’t been in Taos for two weeks just yet – Tuesday eve it will be so – but time moves slow here – I’ve made it as such. Imposed solitude. Turning down invites to chill with the other artists, to go to a Bob Marley dance party at a gallery, and right now I could be drinking and watching the Superbowl with some passionate intellectuals … but no, I am in my casita … blogging … what a DORK!
A quick update on how I am spending my artist residency – the spiral nature of my time thus far. First – motivation, enthusiasm, excitement spiraled to overwhelm, exhaustion, lethargy and then back around slowly to productivity, awe, creative bliss … Emotions; they are always shifting, changing like clouds in the sky or waves in the sea. The thing is, underneath all of that emotional stormage and weather there’s a clear blue space. And I work with that. I try to work with that.
Greetings friends! I hope this finds you well, late January, morning, afternoon, evening. I’m not sure how much I’ll blog but I’m off of my personal facebook so I need some sort of outlet!
I arrived on Tuesday evening to my casita at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation where I will be an artist in residence for 3 months. Just a little over a week ago I had a wonderful send off party at Icehouse Minneapolis (lots of buzz about it – SO grateful for the press! Read the previews & show reviews & interviews here) and then I hustled in a procrastinatory way to get everything in check in Minneapolis, secure the yoga studio with its amazing instructors, pack up my house and hit the road …
Join us for the music video release party for “Veal” on December 13th 2015 at The Red Herring Lounge in Duluth, MN. 5 pm! Screening of the video plus live music by Toby Thomas Churchill, Katy Vernon, Mary Bue + the Holy Bones. $5. 10% of proceeds go to the Humane Society. Optional vegan potluck starts at 5 – bring a dish if you want + tons of vegan cookies for all. Video produced by Jon Hain w/ assistant Angelica Engel. Video will be live on the web shortly after!
It feels trite to say that I’ve always loved animals.
Trite because it’s such an understatement. But the truth IS I love animals! I grew up with dogs, fish, rabbits and cats. In the country, surrounded by deer, squirrels, chipmunks, birds and all sorts of varmints. I got to see exotic animals in zoos and books and fell in love with pandas and koala bears, dolphins and orcas. I had a dream in junior high and high school of becoming a veterinarian and helping sick, injured animals or a marine biologist and learning about ocean life. I took horse riding lessons and studied dog and cat breeds. I drew their pictures and wore t-shirts and puffy sweaters with animals all over them.
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“I want candy. I want money. I want my mommy. I want my daddy.” – Mary Bue
Full disclosure: I am a bit of a self-help junkie. What does this have to do with MONEY??? I’ve been geeking out over a crew of super inspiring self-help-ish entrepreneurs and in the past week many signs from those thought-leaders have been pointing to getting intimate with my MONEY. I’m reading Money: A Love Story by Kate Northrup – the subtitle is “Untangle your financial woes and create the life you really want.” In tandem, another huge inspiration of mine is Marie Forleo and in her latest TV show she interviewed Eat, Pray, Love sensation Elizabeth Gilbert, and there were some serious nuggets of wisdom surrounding money. More on these ladies a bit later.
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“What we are really saying is that music, once considered an important science, is now merely a form of entertainment, classified by elite snobs as “cultured” or “uncultured.” If it could be packaged in little plastic containers and eaten with a spoon, they would do it. In fact, they are probably working on it right now.” – EUGENE CHADBOURNE
I’m reading a fantastic book speaking to many many qualms about the music biz – called I Hate the Man Who Runs This Bar by Eugene Chadbourne. This book is hilariously busting through a lot of my despair and cynicism about trying to “make it” in the music business. He said music used to be part of the quadrivium: arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy – “preparatory work for the serious study of philosophy,” – a curriculum outlined by Plato’s The Republic. Music was a valuable tool of measurement, specifically to look at “the classical subject of harmonics, in particular the study of the proportions between the music intervals created by the division of a monochord” according to wikipedia. 😉