What Chord is Angst?

When trying to paint with music, it’s fun to sit at the piano and explore emotional chords. If you were a dark storm moving in over the peaks of Devil’s Mountain in a fictional forest, what chords would you use to create that mood? Or, a butterfly flitting from flower to flower on an easy Sunday morning at the same mountainside? Or, a lost little girl sitting on a rock with bleeding feet, wanting to climb down the mountain but not knowing how?

These are the thoughts that flood my mind at times as I sit on the bench in front of my piano, letting my fingers aimlessly create moods. How delightful to explore the depths of human emotion in sound. Not so fun in real life.

Life Works…When You Work

It’s an expression that bears repeating again and again and again…

“Life works…when you work.”

Don’t be a quitter. Read some of the previous posts. Get a journal. Document your feelings. Set goals and review your previous journal entries.

Life really doesn’t have to be hard. Yes, there are setbacks. Those of us who work on this blog have experienced the death of a child, the repeated loss of jobs, betrayal of friends, tight budgets.

But none of that means we need nor should give up our dreams. In fact, it’s like writing exquisite poetry. Talk to any professional poet. Often they will tell you it is when they are writing to the tightest forms of poetry that their work shines the truest.

So no matter what you’ve faced in the past, you mustn’t give up. You can’t! The world needs you. We need you: your perspective, your creative works, your gifts, your talents.

When faced with despair or difficulty of the largest kind, please do remember this: life works when you work. And when you show up each day ready to at least try, THAT, my friend, is when the pain will ease and when you can find love and hope and balance once again.

Yes, yes…

Yes, I admit it. Life flurries and then I post. Life flurries and then I post. But it’s all good. I’ve been hibernating and working on several very large projects. In essence, I’m going through a complete renovation of my creative processes during all of the upheaval. And soon I’ll be ready to talk about the news of it all!

Your Best Creative Energy…

Here is another terrific quote from the First Presidency message in January 1971:

“Are you devoting your best creative energy to the most important unit in society–the family?” (Ensign, Jan 1971)

This can be a painful choice for an artist in any field. Most people drawn to the arts already have locked up within them the essential ability to hunker down and hibernate during creative sessions. I know for myself, it can be painful to draw my head above water and take a breath. I enjoy being submerged in fluid creativity, only barely registering the “glub, blug, glub” of people talking to me above my little pond.

And yet, here it is. A quote from nearly 40 years ago reminding me that I am to be a mother before and beyond any other artistic endeavor on this earth.