Thursday, June 21, 2007

Ladies and Gentlemen ....

Our newly elected Environmentalist Senator.


Anonymous chrispito said...

And how dapper is he!
Jm I love this print so much! Looks like lotus flowers...le sigh. Enjoy your Summer Solstace! It's cloudy here, but no matter. It's going to be fabulous in a million ways today!

21/6/07 8:20 AM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Just stopping in to say hi. Still at it, and leaving a major political body count this time. The renewed power and the new powers have proven most effective. The blog has celebrated one year yesterday, and people are still active today, as they were when they came on. The force of those at the place is amazing.

It seems like there is a power generated there now. Something I can tap into. When they are down, they can rely on us. It's like we now have a true community. We help each other out, and give strength to each other. We are one! It's been a long time since I have felt this much close kinship. The newest contributor is a power house!

He brings so much energy, it's unreal! He posted something and cross posted it at the Dem Daily. Now Senator Kerry has spoken out against it. We knew nothing of it, till he did that. I can't lose if I have people like that with me.

To quote the Reaper, the newest blooger around:

I like nature, and all that comes with it. If you abuse my nature, you are an enemy. Don't you dare think my foot will not be up your ass if you kill just to kill! My ancestors lived off the land, and I would like to do the same. Keep your chemicals off me and mine. If you don't like it, draw your sword! I've nothing but time and hatred for you and yours for what you have done.

I don't think there is a need for translation there.

21/6/07 10:58 AM  
Blogger jm said...

I will definitely enjoy the solstice chrispito!

21/6/07 12:51 PM  
Blogger jm said...

The Senator made me laugh. He reminded me exactly of politics and the fact that things aren't about to change, as it should be. The real changes are imperceptible and when you look back, you see one day how you've grown and progressed. It happens anyway.

So give me a sip of your hooch, Senator!

21/6/07 1:46 PM  
Anonymous chrispito said...

I love looking back on what has transpired (perhaps to my downfall at times, as it doesn't exactly bode well for living in the moment). It's even better when you have astrology as your pal to help you do so!

Any thoughts on what you've learned during your second SR thus far, Jm? I'd love to hear your thoughts on it!

21/6/07 7:12 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Omg, where do I begin?

On my first, I was performing in night clubs and the highlight was being written up in the paper. Week-end section with a full page cover photo. Wonderful article entitled Originality is the Soul of Singer. I get tingles just thinking about it now. this is good.
But I still felt uncomfortable with my performance. Felt it was nowhere near good enough. Losing my central focus and trying to please the audience too much. Lots of problems. Over the years they continued, but I pushed on. I always had a handful of loyal fans but not enough to build a big career onstage.

On my second, I stopped performing altogether and went inward to deal with my fear. Tried to find the source of my self sabotage. Why my ambitions were blocked and manifesting in physical symptoms. Why I couldn't embrace my talent and stop trying to make it more like the others so it would be accepted. Why I couldn't accept my disinterest in too much tricky technique and just let it be it's authentic self. why I couldn't love and be completely proud of myself.

Then lo and behold, I got online and ended up with Raging Universe, a completely new creative venture and I found joy in a brand new kind of expression.

Then came the interesting part. People started to respond, the thing my Saturn in Leo would never have allowed. Only in select instances. It had to be genuine.

As a result, I'm learning how to let my creative self keep going.
The plan is to carry this back onstage and continue this happiness I feel writing. The ease and comfort.

One of the biggest things I've learned is how much I want to complete the circle and find my audience. I've always been afraid of the entrapment feeling it would mark the end of my creative freedom, but now I'm seeing it differently. I realize that I can't grow as an artist anymore without my audience. I don't have to be afraid. And most of all, the response nourishes the talent and probably some of the best work an artist does is in the beginning of the audience relationship. When she and it have found one another like a long lost love.

And it all comes down to reveling in what comes out of one's self. Not only can I be unafraid of the Saturn judgement, but maybe understand that it needs no judgement at all. It's just good. Let it go.

Of course, on one level the critiques will continue, but the deeper issue of self admiration has been revealed. At least the real possibility.

I should have known on the first return when the paper singled out my originality that the audience was destined to appreciate me. When I was ready. By the time I get there I'll be so old they'll love me just for the novelty! And I'll be feisty enough to be myself entirely. Nothing to lose. Originality is the label.

22/6/07 3:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing this, JM. I have no words, your experience hits home in ways I'm still exploring. Or more accurately, am in stillness around. Very interesting, this whole business of words, reaction, keeping the source pure, yet accepting new waters. I'd love to hear more. sige

22/6/07 4:01 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Your welcome, sige. Writing it was revealing. I'll be back shortly on the new waters idea. This is an important one to me.

22/6/07 1:43 PM  

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