Thursday, December 01, 2005
It's pledge week in our PBS area so we get some unusual programming. Last night a recording of a Cream Reunion Concert was televised. These guys are now in their 60's and really do look like the people who invented "sex, drugs and rock and roll".
(Maybe not as bad as Keith Richards from Rolling Stones though.)These reunion concerts always feel a little sad to me. These guys are playing music they invented 40 years ago and played to death then. What is interesting to me is what Eric Clapton has done on his own. He's managed to keep his music fresh and innovative. He went back to his Blues roots, he made an CD called "Unplugged", he's taken some risks and grown.
Eirc Clapton's a creative role model. He's cleaned up his act (rehab ect) and stayed close to his creative spirit. He's also established Crossroads, a non profit orgininization that helps find a drug re hab center. When I'm in my 60's I want to be this vital and creative.
On a previous post I reviewed a book by Peggy Macanamara on painting watercolors of wildlife. It takes years to get as good a rendering in watercolor as she is. For a while, I felt discouraged. I've been fooling around with watercolor for awhile and still feel like I'm at the mercy of the medium. But on further reflection, I realized that I have the rest of my life to work on this. I can take years to figure this out and enjoy the PROCESS!
Ok, so the Santa is a reminder to stay true to the Creative Spirit this season. The best way not to get suckered into the consumer Christmas trap is to CREATE. This could be cooking, decorating, gift making,acts of random kindness,drawing, playing, napping,spending time with those I love, walking, doing nothing, listening,ect.