Great advice for artists from Austin Kleon!
Now that I've worked out how to upload mp3 files, I thought I'd share this. I've mentioned a few times that I used to sing in a Scottish Gaelic ensemble, so here is a song from our one and only CD. This was recorded in 1999, back when I was a young(er) thing. It's a lament and a lullaby, and it's about events that happened back in the 16th century, I won't say any more about its meaning than that. If any of you are Gaelic speakers, please, PLEASE do not laugh too much at our pronunciation, we tried our best! The two wonderful singers with me are Melinda (who also arranged this piece) and Jane (and no, it's not me playing guitar!). If any of you out there have sung in a choir, or even just a small group, you'll know the joy of singing with other voices, when I sang this song I couldn't wait for the second chorus when the other two voices would join in, it gave me goosebumps every time. I think the final chorus is my favourite part.
And here's an article that caught my eye in the local newspaper. Now why does it seem to make such a lot of sense to me?! It's no news that in times of fear and stress (like war) people tend to be more politically conservative. But it's interesting that political views may be influenced by (or perhaps may influence...they're not sure which yet) which part of your brain is more developed. Greater development in the area associated with understanding complexity, and your political views are likely to be liberal (that's 'small l' liberals...because here in Australia we have the peculiar situation where our conservative party is called the 'Liberal' party!) Greater development in the section that processes fear, and you're likely to be conservative. Of course, nothing is ever as straightforward as that, and the newspaper has probably pulled out the most sensationalist few lines of a report that is many pages long. I might go a-hunting further.
And for lots of WONDERFUL music, about and by Gypsies, head over to Terri Windling's Drawing Board Blog, marvelous stuff to be heard there!