Let’s Start A Fire!

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Let’s start a fire !

A year ago today there were terrible attacks in the Bataclan in Paris. I went out earlier this evening in Paris, in my neighbourhood and I saw people putting out candles to remember the victims. It’s a nice, quiet gesture. We do it at Halloween too with the pumpkins carved out, a way to remember the dead.I saw those candles and the spark of hope and I thought “let’s start a fire!”

A fire of imagination and doing new things, exploring new ways, being new lights in the darkness.

One year already and terrible things have happened all over the world but great things have happened too. Maybe you met a new lover, you started a great new job, you won the lottery…

Mixed Feelings

I have mixed feelings about this day because this is also the day that our album came out with Zarboth, “There’s No Devils At All, it’s Just the System”. The album and the songs that I did on it there were imagined as a post apocalyptic vision quest.

Imagination is a powerful thing. I always tell my children to keep their imagination bright. Do not give into to the ambient despair. Don’t let the terrorists and the scaremongers get in there… Don’t let the bastards get you down !

New Music

The new music I’m writing with Onze Onze, Zarboth and Underpressure tries to reflect that. Not in some sort of everything is cool namby pamby way but with grit and determintation. Life is hard, pain is inevitable but suffering is your choice (to paraphrase Murakami from What We Talk About When We Talk About Running)

Imagination : Image Nation 

Last week Trump became the President of the United States- who could have imagined that ?

Truth really is stranger than fiction. I’m not going into a long diatribe about what I think of the President (not much) but we need to use our imagination to explore new worlds- to explore new ways of speaking with each other, of disagreeing with each other. Imagination seems to be the only true freedom a lot of us have now !

Forget candles, start a fire ! Go inside and look for the flame ! From their set yourself on fire…Right now I’ll put my candle out at the window anyway… Keep the flame alive…

(to be done at home under adult supervision)

Zarboth “There’s No Devils At All, it’s Just the System”

Next gig in Paris with Zarboth in l’Alimentation Générale, Saturday 19th November 2016

 

Under the Radar

Under the Radar

And I quote: History of the phrase; Prior to electronic counter measures, military aircraft would fly beneath the Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) in order not to be detected by enemy forces. This term started out as a military phrase in the 1950’s. Source: http://www.urbandictionary.com

Under the Radar

This is a feeling that I have a lot as an artist. Fame and art. Being part of the underground.

Stay under the radar. Stay on the edge. Being on the edge.

I work with a lot of different people. In the last week I was working with a business woman. I could tell that she was a killer- one of those great business people, really driven and efficient. We began talking about vision. She told me something that I think all of us already know : the old ways of doing things do not work anymore. What is needed now are people who think differently. That there needs to be new ways of doing things. There is no longer any long term vision for any businesses now. What is needed now is flexibilty, ability to change.

Nobody controls anything. You have to let go.

So what does that mean to be under the radar ? It means that you are flying low to attack your enemy. I think of the underground. I think of the freedom that a lot of artists that I know have.

Freedom

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We are all flying under the radar. At the moment there is a state of emergency in France. Nobody wants to appear on the radar. Then we become an easy target. People are trying to imagine other spaces. People are trying to imagine other ways to do things. There is a general feeling that people are fed up with the old way of doing things.

It sounds big and complicated but it can be through very small things that you start doing new things.

Trajectories

Small changes at the beginning of a rocket’s trajectory become huge ones towards the end.

child's playAs an artist we can be lucky that we still have some control over our own trajectories. The old models (that were very prevalent in France before) big companies, big business no longer work the way they used to. Everybody is searching for what works.

So we all believe in the outsider having a chance. However, being under the radar is not only about someday, maybe, being “discovered”.

It can be about remaining under the radar, unseen. Staying on the edge.

Waiting. And most of all existing. Doing your thing because that is what you like. Flying low close to the sea, looking at yourself in the mirror.

Don’t get me wrong : it is not because you are undiscovered that you have more integrity. The time may come that you will be hauled into the glaring neon, the intrusive spotlight, and you’ll stammer and sell yourself down the river.

A lot of our work, of our pieces, come from under our own personal radars : our own radars of control. It is not external things but our own inner workings that we don’t let fly out. Luckily sometimes we do. Recently despite myself I’ve been letting things through my own radar. And some of it is so great. It is scary. I don’t recognise it.

I’ll be sharing some of this soon.

Goto work

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Short version : break out of your own recurrent patterns and ways of doing things. Change yourself and you change the world.

Have a good week and keep making things and connections.

Look at yourself in the mirror. Can you? Everyday? What do you see? What would you like to see?

P.S. Please buy the Zarboth album – those of you who have not and would like to buy it you can get a copy here: Zarboth

http://zarboth.bandcamp.com/album/theres-no-devils-at-all-its-just-the-system