Creative Process

Listeners have met all four of these creative people in previous shows. Benjamin the Donkey is, of course, our most faithful contributor and was actually the one who suggested the core concept for this show. David Wolinsky returns after his debut in early May on Sequitur: Only Love when his work was read by Debba Kale Earnshaw; this time, we’ll hear the rest of his interview from Sequitur: Exit Strategy and one of his published poems. Stephanie Urbina Jones is back with another song from her Shaman Heart CD and tour, but this time, she gives us a makings-of interview which we didn’t have in Sequitur: Sacred Reciprocity. And the artist formerly known as Zympht, creator of the Sequitur theme song, speaks to us from his unique perspective of a shaman’s soul, a scientist’s mind, and a business career, and shows us his creative process in action.

Run time: 66 minutes

The featured image of Eastern White Pine dressed in the first snow of the season was created this morning.

Chiselin’ Out My Soul

by Stephanie Urbina Jones

I once knew a wise old man, Maximillian was his name.
He was an artist of life, a sculptor by trade.
I used to sit and watch him work –
Ask him questions, try to learn
About the magic that he made. But he just smiled and said,

[chorus] “I’m chiselin’ out my soul like a Michelangelo.
Found Spirit in the stone. I’m chiselin’ out my soul.”

Well, I used to go and visit him maybe once or twice a week.
I drank in every moment; I was thirsty for his kind of peace.
He said, “Let love be your discipline
Girl; carve out your experience.
Be authentic and be real. That’s how my peace was revealed.

[chorus] “I’m chiselin’ out my soul like a Michelangelo.
Found Spirit in the stone. I’m chiselin’ out my soul.

[bridge] “Like a precious piece of treasured art, I’m not for sale; I’ve worked too hard.
To find out who I am. And at my age, I don’t give a damn!

[chorus] “I’m chiselin’ out my soul like a Michelangelo.
Found Spirit in the stone. I’m chiselin’ out my soul.”

[guitar solo]

My friend Max died a few years back, but I think about him every day.
You see, his words of wisdom guide my heart when I’ve got a tough choice to make.
He said, “Everyone’s got an artist’s eye,
Painting pictures with their lives.
Everything you say and do is a framed canvas of your own truth.

[chorus] “I’m chiselin’ out my soul like a Michelangelo.
Found Spirit in the stone. I’m chiselin’ out…

[chorus] “I’m chiselin’ out my soul like a Michelangelo.
Found Spirit in the stone. I’m chiselin’ out…

[chorus] “I’m chiselin’ out my soul like a Michelangelo.
Found Spirit in the stone. I’m chiselin’, chiselin’, chiselin’ out my soul.”

Tourists look at David by Michelangelo on November 10,2010 in Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence. Italy.
Tourists look at David by Michelangelo on November 10,2010 in Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence. Italy.

 

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