My friends! This is a repost from one year ago. It’s always relevant! I am still a bit overwhelmed from the exhibition and the work coming out of it. Normal service will resume soon!
“I’ve done records where it seemed like no one listened to them. You write a poetry book that maybe, you know, 50 people read. And you just keep doing your work because you have to, because it’s your calling … What matters is to know what you want and pursue it. And understand that it’s gonna be hard. Because life is really difficult. You’re gonna lose people you love, you’re gonna suffer heartbreak, sometimes you’ll be sick, sometimes you’ll have a really bad toothache.
But on the other end, you’ll have the most beautiful experiences. Sometimes just the sky. Sometimes, you know, a piece of work that you do that feels so wonderful, or you find somebody to love, or your children. There’s beautiful things in life. So when you’re suffering … it’s part of the package.
I say, stay strong, try to have fun but stay clean, stay healthy, because you have a lot of challenges ahead, and be happy.”
I saw you play once in CBGBs. NYC, 1979 it was. A world away. I like to picture you writing your journal with a black coffee in that little cafe Downtown. And now I’m reading your book.
It’s comforting to know that sometimes, even for you, it is just the sky. Because for me today, it is just this next generation robin in the hawthorn tree. Thank you for the reminder.
Let me tell you, I too understand how navigating the contemporary commercial online world has become exhausting. Blogging is now synonymous with branding and PR, selling and advertising, profiling and customers. Shouting about yourself, your products and your successes is the new norm. All the advice says “You are not capitalising on the exposure and the opportunities.” Like the lists that cross my desktop every day “Top 10 things every blogger should know,” “How to advertise, exhibit, publicise even more.” “How to get a million, trillion, squillion hits.”
So Patti your words are welcome today. This quiet space IS my calling and my quest. It is carved from a tiny corner of a windswept island in the Atlantic. It has quiet beauty and simple rhythms.
Mostly though, it is a space to be creative, to dream and to live. And yes Patti, I know what I want and I am pursuing that. So I will be hunkering down in this backwater of calm and acceptance, to do this and to be happy.
with love and gratitude