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Apr162009

Between art & lust.

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There are lots of reasons to do art. But it's like my elder son said to me a couple of months ago about the reason he is a musician, There are only three things you need to do to get women to sleep with you, he said, with the enviable certainty of a 21-year-old. Cook, tell good stories, or play music. Everything else, he added, is a waste of time. (Later on, he said that best of all is to be a triple threat. Which finally explained his sudden interest in learning to cook simple, yet satisfying meals in this, his 21st year on earth.)

Obviously, I have a male bias here. No matter how much I believe that I've had more than my fair share of female past lives, this time around it's pretty much undeniable that I'm a man. Arguable, of course, as you'll find in the Facebook group I Hate Brian Andreas. Which I ran across a couple of weeks ago, to my utter delight. (I suspect it requires a bit of explanation about why it would delight me so. I'll save that for some other time. Somebody just needs to remind me later on...)

All I know is that there is a sensuality to art making that is often overlooked, or politely ignored. Not having the immediate ability of a woman to birth new life, I have sometimes wondered if art is the closest I will get. For me, art is the practice of paying attention. A long, curving line on paper like the touch of a fingertip on warm skin. The elastic sound of wet paint on canvas like the movement of two bodies together. Words that drop like rain on a summer's eve, in perfect rhythm. When that happens, it is something more than making. It is remembering, a moment between long-time lovers, hearing the echoes of their own secret language in the rush of the world. 

Even with all that juicy lushness (as my friend SARK would say), it takes a bit of work to get there. Sometimes, making art is just plain work. Those are the days when lust seems easier & art can just wait its turn. I guess the trick is to keep a balance. I'm still working on that one myself. (Isn't it about time we go cook something & then sing a story song about it? Anybody game? :-)) 

with love, Brian

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beautiful, brian.

i'd just add that the stories need to make, well..ME..laugh. then i'm a goner.

you got a smart son...better keep an eye on that one

and, of course, i immediately went to FB to look for that group and can't find it, how do you locate it?

April 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermish

Hey mish, I found it accidentally, searching for Brian Andreas on Facebook & then going to page 3, or so, of the results. There it is. I Hate Brian Andreas. 11 members, of which my sweet Ellen is one. The funny thing is that she's the only one with real cause (& fortunately, it's only short-lived.. :-))

with love, Brian

April 16, 2009 | Registered CommenterZenBandit

Now I have to know, do you REALLY consider windchimes a musical instrument? My opinion of you hangs on this one detail.
Our sons have it DOWN, but they've had excellent role models on all 3 counts.

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Friedland

I am absolutely loving your zen bandit blog. This post is just one example why.
Hilarious!
much love, Michelle

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermichelle kaufmann

Nancy: On the windchimes thing, it really depends on who's asking. If it's one of your regular sort of guys, no. For them, the only chime I consider worthy of instrument status is a giant Tibetan temple bell. One struck by four hefty Buddhists with a log. I laugh in the face of windchimes. I WILL STRIKE A TEMPLE BELL ALL BY MYSELF, IF THAT'S WHAT IT TAKES. HA!

But for most people, I think windchimes are fine :-)

& yes, I agree that our sons have had excellent role models & it seems to be paying off for them:-)

with love, Brian

April 17, 2009 | Registered CommenterZenBandit

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