Tuesday, March 8, 2011

We often find ourselves when we are most lost.

This has happened and will happen again. The road we find ourselves on gets chaotic as we often find ourselves navigating without an accurate map. The GPS is busted and we find out that the atlas is outdated. We just navigate the best that we can.

People look to the stars, never willing stop their launch toward their goals. Others put their direction in the hands of another. The journey is never easy and the obstacles are never clear until it is too late. We learn from the wrong turns and dead ends we find ourselves at. At every intersection we learn more about where we are heading. Knowledge gained from all the intersections we’ve already crossed.

Dirt roads, dark alleys, crowded highways, narrow bridges, and the rapid fire autobahns are where we find ourselves. Always driving at our own pace just trying to get where we think we want to be. At times we either find ourselves jockeying for position in the corporate ladder, steadily cruising comfortably through your personal life, or even taking that casual Sunday drive into freedom. This life varies, it is unpredictable, never certain, and is most certainly a journey that can never be repeated.

So when life’s problems seem to rush at you with gale force speed, or creeps up like a flood of self-doubt, it is important to remember your still at the wheel. You’re at the helm of the ship. The challenges are never the same, and you may find yourself lost. The eye of a storm is generally calm. In the midst of chaos is peace. When you think we’re completely lost, you’re actually that much closer to being found.

It doesn’t always seem to be the case. Just be honest with yourself and you will find what your questioning is actually right there in front of you. Goals change. Don’t approach life completely goal oriented. A process approach is more valuable, as it takes into account the challenges and every changing landscape that your life is built upon.

This is nothing more than a random thought. In which whose weight is determined in time and reason.

As Always… Knock Hard… Life is Deaf…

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Resonate Article 2 - The Driving Force

What drives you to create what you do? It’s a simple question really. Still, it is a question that people have a hard time answering. A person’s art, be it writing, drawing, video or music, captures more than anyone can truly understand. Of course, it displays the obvious emotion of its creator, or the imposing of the creator’s will upon his or her audience. However, the interpretation of the creation by the audience is where the magic happens.

Everything speaks, even if you don’t care for it. There are underlying tones, social tie-ins, statement pieces, the dramatic rise and fall, tempo variations, visual stimulation - the list goes on and on. Each media type has its own limitations or advantages, and the medium chosen often lends a little insight into its creator’s persona.

Words on paper, text on screen and typography that embeds itself in the mind are simple examples of how an idea can imprint itself upon its audience. A temporary or lasting effect can be developed from one simple creation or masterful work of art. An idea can be transferred, either subconsciously or openly, allowing one work to inspire or provoke a chain reaction of more creation.

The lyrics of a song, the flow of a melody, subtle changes or harsh breakdowns all serve their own purpose in music. Of course, we already know that interpretation can convey much more than the lyrical content implies. The line from Sketch on Glass song “Breaking”—“Just because I’m found doesn’t mean I’m not lost as hell… But the show must go on… Even though I’m gone…” can mean so many things to different people. It all plays on where that person has been in his own life, and where he currently sees himself. I personally give props to Sketch on Glass, as I find this to be a great lyric to get the listener to reflect. The emotion is obviously there from the singer’s perception, but the listener’s takeaway can be astronomically more personal. Thus does the song become a staple; a connection is made almost instantly. It is nothing more than one segment of a song, but that segment is where a connection is forged and a fan is made.

In video, we have a great range to play with. The eyes are visually stimulated, allowing the mind to connect instantly with what is seen, not just mentally perceived. This allows for gripping images to take hold. Emotional scenes can bring tears in the viewer’s eyes. Tension can be sensed, seen and felt. Fear, love, hate, greed and every other human emotion can be brought to light from the contents held in each frame. It could be nothing more than words, music, pictures or a combination of these that allows the filmmaker to get his or her point across. Video is the ultimate playground for those who want to pass on an immediate message, story or point.

Simple to complex, all art media have their ways of communicating with people. That point has been driven home thoroughly by now. As the creators, we express ourselves and, as an added bonus, influence others by our works as well. Therefore, creation inspires creation.

As Always... Knock Hard... Life is Deaf...