Have you ever had one of those moments when your next creative path is set out before you and you can see it clearly? I had one of those moments today. It has actually been oncoming for several months but I have been hesitant to embrace the path.
Last week I finished reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, Big Magic. It is an amazing resource about creativity and I will be making a post about that later this week. I bring it up now because in the book she talks about embracing the creative impulses we all get. Fear comes from the unknown and fear comes from the idea of perfectionism. Elizabeth Gilbert also released a podcast this summer, Magic Lessons. I have listened to it and am in the process of relistening. There is one person she’s coaching that could be me. It’s not but I have similar fears, anxieties, and desires about my art. I sometimes feel like my love of writing and other art forms is akin to cheating on my music. I know that this is not the case but it sometimes feels like my wanting to create in other mediums is somehow going against myself.
I have been toying with the idea of creating a podcast for several months. I keep putting off the notion by telling myself that it would be too hard. This is my fear shouting at me. I want to talk to people about art and music and the artistic process, particularly local musicians, artists, and writers. This is something that has been in the back of my head for quite a while and it is time to start listening and at least putting forth the effort.
Today was a bit of a wake-up call for me. I was helping one of my elderly friends start a project. This is a woman in her 80s and she decided to let me “interview” her about her life. We are recording the series of interviews and I will edit them and she will give them to her son for Christmas. Isn’t this a wonderful Christmas present? Well, as we began this process today, I felt something in me shift. I realized that I was more than capable of taking on my podcast project. I may not have the best equipment or the most available time but I have the desire, the capability, and the capacity to learn.
I love the artistic process and I am excited about this new endeavor. I will let you know as the release date for episodes approaches. I want to keep this on a weekly basis with the inclusion of show notes and perhaps representation of the artist of the week posted here. If you want to be an artist of the week, please let me know. I do want to feature locals but I also want to visit with anyone who wants to showcase their work.
Art is a process and I hope you will all join me for this journey. It will be an experience at the very least.