The past couple of years have been relatively quiet in my corner of the stratosphere. I had to make room for other things in my life, things that needed time and space to flourish. My particular life, with all of its hopeful and sometimes ill-fated pursuits, needed to be experienced, and I certainly lived out quite a bit of all that.
Some things failed. In fact, perhaps the most significant thing failed, but that’s okay. Don’t people always say that mighty winged creatures rise out of ashes all the time? That’s what I’m working on right now I suppose.
I wanted to give you, oh faithful WPR reader, just a little preview of what’s to come in the new year from me, your glittery Asian.
By varying degrees, I guess you can say that I am rebuilding the house that I built. I tore it down over the last year, and then burned the remains into a smoldering pulp. This time around, I’m taking greater liberties with the original design. Letting in lots of sunlight. Letting the outside in. Building something that fully represents who I am.
I am committing myself to the heavy lifting and hard work of taking my creative life back to its distilled and authentic form. Then I’ll reflect it outward as much as I can.
First of all, there’s going to be a good bit of writing. Before I deemed myself a pianist, singer, performer, or visual artist, I was a writer at my core. Being able to express my thoughts through my own perspective and voice has always been the foundation for everything I’ve done. It just so happens that words were my first instruments.
As such, there will be plenty of new blog posts, issues of my monthly e-zine The WWoG (The Wonderful World of Gordon), new poetry, and of course, new music. Yes, there will be more of all of this. (The work of recording my next full album-sonically documenting my musical words-will continually bubble under the surface of these things.)
I will also proceed with new visual work. This will manifest itself in some wonderful ways. There will be plenty of photography and new portraits of Oreo and Buttercup, as well as the continuation of my ongoing 100 Drawings project, which should resume this summer.
In addition, I also crave connection with people and the world at large. Not many people know this about me, but I can live the life of a hermit, in complete and utter isolation, quite easily. I possess a stout and stubborn introverted spirit that is often at almost violent odds with the side of me that loves to perform in front of any number of people.
I spend plenty of time by myself, and in contrast, I hope to find ways to connect with other actual human beings in 2015. This means I will be back to a consistent performing schedule, but it also means that maybe even you, dear reader, might spot a not-so-invisible Asian fluttering about all topsy-turvy in your neighborhood.
So, those mighty winged creatures that rise out of ashes all of the time–do such things really happen?
Well, I guess we’ll find out.