As we head into a new year there are still many loose ends to wrap-up, but looking back there are a lot of events that gave me the drive to keep going. November in particular presented 3 events that really kicked my ass into gear with some much-needed inspiration.
Getting my blood flowing and ideas bubbling was the one and only DJ Spooky aka Paul Miller and his interpretation of D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation entitled Rebirth of a Nation. If you missed the show at TIFF Bell Lightbox (November 16 & 17, 2010) it’s is definitely worth the purchase, however if you ever get a chance to see Miller’s work live it’s a must-see. Seeing Miller work live is an experience; his creative talent is overflowing, but what really makes the show is the artist himself. To watch the work and then listen to Miller speak about the project and his passion, his intelligence and drive is undeniable. It was great to hear someone who comes from a more creative background speak about the marriage of screen and music. Being well-rounded and independent as a music supervisor is my goal, but my passion is the creative aspect and being able to mold what you are given to work with in order to make it complete; it’s about balance and emotion, and sometimes a little bit of pressure to get people to open their minds. I also had the opportunity to catch Miller’s Higher Learning presentation at TIFF in which he spoke more in depth about his work, the merger of music and film, copyright, and upcoming projects. I am eagerly awaiting upcoming projects including a musical work on Jean Cocteau’s “Blood of a Poet”. In the meantime I am working through his book Sound Unbound so expect many more updates and in the meantime pick up a copy of your own.
The following inspirational November event is my true-blue, guaranteed to make me feel better: Bedouin Soundclash and the newly titled Soundclan (© Sekou) including artists such as Charlie Winston and Michael Rault. Though the venue may not have been one of the best the show itself was phenomenal! Accompanied by my “Now in love with Charlie” friend (who will now kill me for that comment and thus I shall save myself by reminding her that she got to meet him) I had an amazing evening surrounded by great new music from all three mentioned artists. If there is one way to get you back on track with determination it’s good tunes to carry you though. As the September draft of Bedouin’s “Light on the Horizon” album critic sits sadly in my unfinished posts list, I was inspired to get the blog running again and (lucky for you) bombard you with delayed posts…fair warning.
My last and biggest inspiration came on November 23, when I was one of the very lucky few to sit in on an in-person Higher Learning event with none other than Tim Burton (Thank you Jesse). His work with Danny Elfman has always been one of my major reference points for music in film siting works from Edward Scissorhands and Nightmare Before Christmas to Big Fish. Burton was a creative inspiration and has become one of my biggest inspirations overall. He is very honest and kind when he speaks which naturally captured everyone’s attention. What really did it for me was really a very simple comment in which he told us, as young hopefuls, to be true to ourselves. Whether it’s a matter of just being yourself with all your quirks or staying true to your own vision of a project (be filmmaker, writer, or musicians alike) it is your passion that will see it through and the passion that others will notice. That was all I needed. It was the final push and a perfect example of why I love hearing people talk about their work: the passion. A project can be anywhere from incomprehensible to incredible but listening or reading the artists purpose, their goals, inspirations, and passion can take it to a whole new level of appreciation. Not only does the project become more understandable, but it becomes more powerful and the effects are much more lasting.
All of the artists from DJ Spooky, Bedouin Soundclash, to Tim Burton discuss their work allowing them to leave a lasting imprint. These are artists who are inspirational to me and their passion has sparked my own. It’s important to have and I guarantee that just by talking to someone you know about their inspirations will help you see how easily it can spread.
So get your ass in gear put on some great tunes or watch your favourite movie and get into YOUR SPACE! For you it’s the best place to be.