“You can always abandon a page, but if it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage. And that’s the truth. It takes work and discipline, but it also takes an incredible power of forgiveness and a desire to serve the music completely without any sort of cosmetic desire. Stripped and bleeding…baring your soul, so that someone else might feel exalted and able. You must learn to give if you want to pursue the arts.”
– Van Dyke Parks (American composer)
“Stripped and bleeding-baring my soul.”, “Go deeper.” Yes I will so I am learning. If its not real, if its only the truth of my experience of the events that happened and not my heart’s truth than it is only a half-truth and it will lie flat. What really matters is what made my heart sing and what made it cry and what made it grow. If I can give others my experience, than they can learn from it as well. If I settle for just recounting facts, it loses all real meaning.
Perhaps in my art, I have reached this point of honest communication with five or six of my pictures, in my writing even less. I feel it’s getting better tho. I have heard that many of us have our emotions hidden away; frozen over for the sake of survival. Yes we can survive without real emotion but we will never thrive. It is only by fully becoming aware of what we feel that we can transcend them. Still it’s taken a lot of pain to make us lock our emotions away. Facing that takes courage But never more than what each of us possess
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Flowering Mandala by G A Rosenberg
Spring Equinox Mandala
“So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it.”
Listening to a room, empty except for love and enjoying the fullness of every moment.
the cat purrs and it becomes a melody
as does the screaming of my son’s computer in the next room
or the ring of the telephone
or the dog’s bark at the stranger at the door..
listening and allowing those moments of love
becomes an exercise in joy
–G A R
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Furnace of Creation by G A Rosenberg