Mary Bue hiking Devisadero trail during Artist in Residence

Thoughts on Devisadero

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.’

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Hanging out with Amanda Palmer’s “The Art of Asking”

Amanda Palmer is a force to be reckoned with.  I first learned of her wily charms from her duo The Dresden Dolls and from afar have followed her marriage to the rad author Neil Gaiman,  her solo career on the ukelele,  her SMASHING Kickstarter success of over 1.2 million dollars and her celebrated TED talk reflecting on her life as a musician,  artist and live statue called “The 8 foot Bride.”

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Creativity, Vulnerability & Risk

“There is nothing more vulnerable than creativity … and what is art if it’s not love?” – Brené Brown

In the midst of putting a new album into the world,  I am faced with some trepidation.  I’ve heard Tori Amos in an interview describe her songs as babies … on that thought,  when you send your children out to live their lives outside of you,  mothering instinct must kick in – fear for their safety,  how will they get along in the world,  who will love them?  I can only imagine … comparing songs to babies might be a long shot,   but to create something bearing soul, sweat, love, tears and fling it into the universe is quite a courageous act.

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