I recently heard about the upcoming Lollapalooza concert. That’s sure to be awesome. Now, I’m just waiting for the return of Woodstock. I know, Woodstock ’99 was a bummer. People died. But, what do you expect when you had angry bands showcasing that year? Angry bands= angry people.
The show would have ended far more peaceful with Phish, Hot Tuna, Meatloaf, Pearl Jam or even Red Hot Chili Peppers. I mean come on! Woodstock ’99 had Limp Bizket and Korn? You severed a side dish as the main entree?
Limp Bizket shouldn’t even have been on the table. Like Vanilla Ice, the flavour of the month is something severed after the show in small portions.
We are all creative. Now, some of us are more naturally drawn towards creativity than others. Like any other language, skill, sub culture, cause, etc. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t teach ourselves how to be creative later on. It is a skill after all.
When being creative for fun, treat it as fun. When in the business of trying to sell your creations. Be professional. When in a competition, be competitive without trying to sound competitive.
Learn to utilize inspiration. Read a few great inspirational quotes. Better yet, put them on your wall. Also, read, watch and absorb inspirational material to help remain motivated.
Try not to put to much material on the back burner. It could turn into a bad habit. When you do, go back and finish it. Often times, you learn more this way.
Don’t try to be creative only for the money. Do it for the joy, and if money comes your way. Then, why stop?
Cover your work and sleeping area with basic diagrams of guitar chords, simple geometrical shapes, general facts, important terms, etc. related to your creative endeavors. Sub Consciously, we absorb this information to a certain degree.
Learn everything you can. Read as many books & blogs as humanly possible, watch How to videos and college lectures, take college courses online or nearby. Learn about the art form your pursuing and also about creativity and art as well.
Make sure to learn about both the historical styles while also keeping up to date about the most recent trends on your art form.
When it comes to learning a music instrument, art form, hobby or craft. Let your natural instincts take over. You’ll not only surprise yourself but also find fulfillment in your work.
If you’re a blogger and you feel one of your freshly written poems, songs, essays, etc are actually really good. Submit it for publication before publishing it to your blog. If it gets published, not only will you get your name out there. You’ll also get your blog as well. You can also link the publishers page to your blog at anytime. And if it doesn’t get published, then simply blog it at a later time.
If you’re trying to write a novel or screenplay , remember that your characters are more important than the actual story. Focus on building strong characters and let them shine on their own.
Practice different styles. Learn about different poetry types, musical genres, art periods, etc. Use these different forms to get a better understanding of your art form by creating your own works within that form or medium.
Draw, paint, write, play, etc. everyday.
Study & practice the basic rudiments of geometry, rhythm, scales, words, etc. Until, it becomes second nature. This is more important than the time spent applying it.
Remember to practice rudiments until they’re perfect to avoid making mistakes and developing bad habits.
Work on manifesting your ideas. You have song lyrics, an idea for a poem, a story, etc. stuck in your head? Start, by writing down the basic concept. If you’re a visual artist, draw out a crudely built graph.
When you hit a wall, go back and work on your rudiments. If you get stuck in a song, stop and listen. Can you hear the scale? No. Then, go back and work on that scale. Can you hear the D chord? No. Then, go back and work on that chord. Did you hit writers block in your story? Go back and reread it. Then, add, subtract and move certain aspects of the story until the ideas start turning again.
Don’t just try to write a major work right away. Write short stories before writing a novella. Then, start writing a novel. Don’t start by trying to write an Opera. Learn to write out the scales on the sheet first. Then write songs until you’ve gained enough experience to write an Opera.
Beethoven didn’t learn overnight. Don’t be afraid to put yourself through mental boot camp. The harder you work at it. The more it will show in the long run.
Don’t get discouraged. Keep working hard all the time. Remind yourself to progress everyday. If you find yourself not progressing, go back and work on rudiments. If that doesn’t work, start expanding your horizons.
Challenge yourself a little more everyday.
When learning about a new skill, try to learn as much as you can as fast as you can. When, trying to practice the new skill yourself. Always start slow as possible and slowly build up speed as you go.
Always remain relax, above all; focused especially with music. The main point is to be as natural and flowing as possible.
Walk around with your paint brush, pencil, drum sticks if you have to. Make your tools an extension of your body. Make your work sound, look or feel like second nature.
Be passionate about your craft and expression. Enjoy what you are doing and put your heart into it.
Be aware of emotional dynamics. Your emotions often show up within the work. Use this to your advantage.
The Word Occult means, that which is hidden, kept secret or behind a veil. It deals with the unknown, what you’re not suppose to know and how to know yourself. It lets you see the invisible mechanics behind life. It lifts all veils from your minds eye to alternative perspectives.
It’s Special Interests continue to spark humanities curiosity including: Alchemy, Atlantis, the I Ching, Meditation, Utopian Societies, Christian Mysticism, Yoga, Wicca, Secret Societies, Ancient Egypt, the Supernatural and UFO’s.
But what does Yoga have to do UFO’s? Why are UFO’s Occult anyways? We see them, don’t we?
It seems that the Occult becomes Occult, not necessarily because of its unseen nature, but because of its conflict with certain levels of authority: The Scientific Community, The Intellectual Community, The Mass Media, The Political Authority and the power structures of the high priests sitting on their golden thrones, all seem to oppress certain information that becomes lost, destroyed or left hidden from the public conscious because of its radical nature. And any work that becomes part of this hidden collection, is a part of the Occult.
When looked at from this perspective, the Occult seems to run into one of these five categorizes:
1.Religion, Magic and Spirituality: Think alternative religions, cults, spiritual movements, consciousness systems, etc. that aren’t normally practiced or discussed by your Average Religious Authority. A lot of Special Interest Topics deals with Religion: Alchemy, Wicca, Buddhism, Mysticism, Hermeticism and Gnostic, which have begun a revival.
2.Science, Medicine and Technology: Think scientific studies and technology that is kept hidden, or dismissed by the Scientific community as absurd.
3.The Liberal Arts: Think alternative historical theories, Philosophy and other material (Intellectual Material that isn’t Scientific in Nature) that is not discussed by the Intellectual Community.
4.The Arts, Entertainment & Media: Think books, famous artworks, individuals, Movies, new stories, etc not discussed by the Mass Media.
5.Political and Social Activism: Think Elite Secret Societies, Socialism, Anarchy, Technoarchy and many famous Social Rights Activists kept hidden. This is where the majority of the Modern Day OCCULT focuses on today (New World Order, Big Brother, Illuminati, Freemasons, etc).
Keep in touch for Occult 101, Part 2: The Schools of Occult Thought. It deals with the approach certain Occult writers take to certain material pertaining to the Occult Categorizes mentioned above.
Rest in peace cinema, 1894-2016. Cause of death: Martin Scorsese said so. In an interview with the Associated Press last month, Scorsese, the illustrious director of Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and 2017 Oscar contender Silence, said movies just ain’t what they used to be. “Cinema is gone,” Scorsese said. “The cinema I grew up with and…
In my early teens, I wanted to be the next big screenplay-director of movies of great stories with the merit of a true artist.This revelation took place during a private HBO viewing of Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, one of the most influential movies of my lifetime.
I spent the next year watching classic movies and reading both plays and screenplays. I fell in love with Coppola’s The Godfather and later The Godfather Part 2 and Apocalypse Now.
I found some of the best movies in the silent Era: Un Chien Andalou, The General, Metropolis and The Battleship Potemkin. And I fell in love again with Foreign Masterpieces like Seven Samurai, Satyricon and The Seventh Seal.
But I will never forget the impact of Hollywood greats like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Magnificent Ambersons and The Treasure of the Serra Madre.
Now Hollywood always had its problems. Orson Welles wanted to adapt The Heart of Darkness as his first project. The Studio foreseeing a Apocalypse Now level budget crises demanded he start with a cheaper pet project. He chose Citizen Kane. A choice that marked the end of a promising career as a Hollywood director. He jab at the stories Newspaper anti Hero left a lasting impact.
However, Classic Hollywood also saw a purpose in prestige. The studios made enough profit on B movies to let a gold nugget through the soot from time to time. We wouldn’t have movies like Citizen Kane, or even Gone With the Wind for that matter.
But I soon fell out of interest in wanting to become a Filmmaker. I came across a book years latter written by a Canadian Film Critic who dates this transition to the late seventies when the Age of the Blockbuster was born with Jaws- and two years later with- Star Wars.
Let it be known that for how great these two movies are- neither one of them is original to the world of cinema. Jaws is a kind of horror spin on the Moby Dick story- and Star Wars- is a kind of Sci Fi Fantasy of Akira Kurosawa’s Japanese period drama Hidden Fortress.
But this transition shows the change of film makings path from a studio craft into a corporate money making machine. The big franchises today are still the ones that worked in the past: horror movies that include big monsters, vampires and psychopaths are still big in the capital market. The fantasy of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Super Hero Spin offs and even to an extant, the James Bond fantasy; all remain popular in the movie making world because of their money making prospects.
Movies now days are pretty limited. I recently watched: Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter, Tom Hanks in Clint Eastwood’s Sully and the modern bank robbing classic, Hell and High Water. I finished this movie spree off with the thriller Don’t Breath.
All are good movies. But none are “original”. When Martin Scorsese directed Raging Bull back in 1980, we already had movies like Rocky. The genre goes back as far as Thomas Edison. The Fighter is good, but not original. Raging Bull, too, wasn’t original, unlike Taxi Driver, a kind of social film noir, but both Rocky and Raging Bull brought new flavor to the tradition. This is general opinion of all the movies I’ve watched recently from Sully- through- High and High Water.
I believe this is what Scorsese and Ripley Scott are talking about in the article above.They belonged to the last Golden Age of the film studio, where experimentation with story, character, etc was more prominent. And the people were hungry for new forms and genres. But even the early brilliance of Scorsese’s street dramas like Mean Streets and Taxi Driver are later over shadowed by crime dramas and bio pics.
This changed happened during the course of Scorsese’s career, after the studios sold out to the corporations and art became second too big box office entertainment; and the days of movies hitting us by surprise was taken over by profit margins. The people are still hungry, always, but the corporations are more reluctant to take on anything “new”, a word used to describe “anything which hasn’t proven marketable, or that which hasn’t yet proven itself marketable”.
This is what motivated me to focus on music and later on, writing fiction and online articles. I crave a voice that is sovereign of the corporate bandwagon and from the corporate double think. I want to write from a voice that is free of these restraints. I want to be independent in a world that is becoming increasingly corporate dependent.
Granted, not the best career move in a world where big money still spends as much on creating roadblocks for the little guy as it does on innovation. It becomes a numbers game, and who controls the numbers wins. It becomes a form of bullying, even dangerous, when you’ve got to create toll booths on the natural expansion of growth online. I talk about this frequently, check my funny Podcast How the Internet Boned Me without Buying me Dinner
Now I’m not anti-corporation, I’m simply pro individual growth where entertainment doesn’t trump art because of our basic human need for creative, intellectual and spiritual growth. The modern corporate world has shown time and time again how it would rather gather the crops and salt the fields; than plant a new seed for future generations. If it can change this progress into something more balanced, I’d be more adamant on working for the corporations instead of trying to working with them.
And yet, I have faith in my conviction that it is in the realm of creative growth, where one finds the gold within themselves, helping to change and shape the world we live in. Film began with experimentation and the adaptation of good literature; and Film will die with innovation and the adaptation of good literature.
In retrospect, film has brought great understanding of the art of the moving image, and how movement, emotional reaction and image can evoke certain reactions in the audience on deep emotional and sometimes even, deep intellectual and spiritual levels. But it is through the art of the written word that their movie counterparts themselves are usually created- and rarely in vice versa.
The days of men like Akira Kurosawa, Alfred Hitchcock and Federico Fellini are dead; buried next to John Ford, John Huston and Howard Hawks. And Scorsese knows he too will soon join these greats, and is deeply saddened by the few like Tarantino and the Cohen Brothers who are trying to keep the tradition alive. And alive they will.
And others too, will rise up and create great films; think of a future where a Rowling develops an eye for the camera, and a new golden age of cinema lifts off! Or a world where the next Ripley Scott creates the next Blade Runner, changing the literary landscape.
We may never know where the next big new idea will come from. But in today’s corporate tech savoy world. We’re gonna need to find it ourselves. And the need for word of mouth becomes all that more important in a world ruled by corporate algorithms .
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