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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Reviving the Soul


In order to be truly happy, I need to express myself artistically. This is what I've found over the years. Art is theraputic, it is passion. But...
Music is another passion of mine, one that walks hand-in-hand with my art and one that has nearly dissappeared completely from my life. Music is what feeds my soul and I have been literally starving for the past few years.



I was a professional bassoonist for many years. Music and my bassoon is/was my first love. I started on a B flat clarinet and eventually had played all of the woodwinds thruout school, but the bassoon was my absolute favorite! It has been years since I've played now, but the music lives on inside of me.

When I am creating my art, I always had music playing in my studio, a mixture of symphonies and rock. It all varied, depending what I was working on, my mood, or a specific effect I was trying to achieve...until about five years ago.


My studio is in my basement...directly beneath our bedroom. He is dissabled and sleeps quite a bit during the day and also night. Yup, my music not only keeps him awake, it irritates him. :( Today, I think I've come to realize that I have been strangling myself, in a sense. I have been going thru so many creative blocks in the past few years and this latest one is the worst. So, now....*sigh*...what to do?


Headphones might work sometimes, but only when I am not wearing my respirator/mask (which I wear quite often). The problem with the headphones is while wearing them, I will not hear the phone, the door, or my daughter. They will also keep me tied to one small area. Bleh!


I do know that I NEED to get my music playing again and SOON or I will completely lose it!




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The gourd that I show in this post is entitled "Symphony".


The ribbon that travels thruout the piece is representative of the flow of the music. The symbols represent the intensity, and the cross-hatching that is evident around the entire piece represents the beat. As with a symphony, there are four movements to this particular piece.


I think that when I created this piece, it was my soul letting me know how much I miss and need music in my life. What do you think?
Have a creative day!

4 comments:

nina kuriloff August 15, 2007 at 11:30 AM  

your work is just beautiful, as always.

thanks for sharing!

thanks for sharing your love of music too, and your need for it.

Dr.John August 15, 2007 at 5:35 PM  

I think your right but I can't solve your problem.

W. J. St. Christopher August 16, 2007 at 6:36 AM  

Hi, Kim,

I began my creative path as a musician and singer, and can't imagine working without my music. However, I do tend to work late at night and don't want to antagonize the neighbors or cut myself off from my surroundings.

My solution? Headphones, with an extended, thin cord, and worn with one ear uncovered. It took me no time at all to get used to it (I'm wearing them now and listening to a "Secret Garden" mix.)

Someday, I hope to upgrade to an MP3 player with tiny earbuds. But, for now, this works great! Maybe not the highest fidelity experience, but absolutely does the job.

Margaret November 17, 2007 at 7:40 PM  

I started on a clarinet also and by the time I graduated could play almost every instrument there was.

The horns gave me a bit of trouble for my lips/mouth couldn't get up the strength to blow like that.

Anyhoo, I haven't stopped by since Dr. John stopped having blog marathons - but am today to remind everyone:

"Roasting Dr. John Comment-athon".

It's nearing Dr. John's birthday and this year it falls on Thanksgiving! (November 22nd)

Last year we Roasted Dr. John and I've been thinking, what would be the perfect Birthday present for him this year?

COMMENTS!!!! Lots and lots of them! From those he knows, to those he doesn't know. From all over the world and throughout the blogosphere. Let's fill his inbox with Happy Birthdays.

How to do it: Be creative, he loves creativity. Post a blog on his birthday (Thanksgiving 11/22) dedicated to Dr. John and wishing him a Happy Birthday. Make Dr. John your "link of the day" and encourage your Bloggy Buds to stop by and leave him a comment and a Happy Birthday wish.

Perhaps, even getting them to join in on the fun! Create your own Pigeon Falls photoshop as you imagine it, a post on trains, design and describe the perfect fortress or dare to post your entire blog in Finnish.

Leave a linked PS note when you visit other blogs this day to guide peeps over to say Happy Birthday to a super fantastic guy.

Use your imagination and have fun with it. See 'ya next week!

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