May 21st, 2014 | By Church Williams
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Today I’ve been revising the album artwork for the next remix album we’ll be releasing. It’s looking very cool right now. The album doesn’t have an official release date yet, but it will be this summer.
In the meantime, I’ve been super sick this weekend. Got some crazy stomach virus. In the depths of my despair, I kept thinking about a Kierkegaard quote that I like: “Listen to the cry of a woman in labor at the hour of giving birth — look at the dying man’s struggle at his last extremity, and then tell me whether something that begins and ends thus could be intended for enjoyment.”
I’m done producing and recording my next EP, Skeletons, so I’m taking a little break from writing music. I’ve been spending most of my free time either reading the great books or riding my bike around town.
I’m inspired to ride my bike because of something Soren Kierkegaard, in his book Either/Or, calls “crop rotation.” Much like a farmer replenishes the soil by planting different types of crops on it, we should also occasionally shift our perspective towards life or whatever activity we happen to be involved in. Doing this helps to replenish the creative and intellectual nutrients in our minds.
For me, cycling is the ultimate crop rotation activity. I can ride almost anywhere. I can explore a new route every day and see new things. I can cover a huge distance or just keep it short. I can get a mean workout or be lazy. Basically, I can be as creative as I want. I dig it for that reason
Touch The Sun peaked as the 71st top electronic download on iTunes. I was happy to just be in the top 200, so, naturally, 71 is my new favorite number.
Thank you to everyone who has downloaded and gotten the word out. Keep doing it! We need a lot of help still. We’re working on getting some licensing placements right now, so the amount of downloads can really help that process.
In other music news, I just wrapped up a new EP that we’ll release sometime in the fall. It’s called Skeletons and I think it’s my best work. You might too, so keep it on you radar!
Thanks a lot to everyone who has downloaded and rated Touch The Sun on iTunes! It’s currently one of the front page features in the iTunes electronic page and it has charted as the 71st top downloaded album there so far. Super happy. Still need a lot of help though. Our goal is to break into the top 50. Go and download and enjoy!
Super happy to have my first original EP out on iTunes and everywhere else on April 30th! It’s already picking up some good press on various music review websites. Here’s one from Sonic Smash Music
I am a materialist. But probably not in the way you might think. I don’t care about accumulating possessions or property, and, I’m definitely not an Ayn Rander. I’m a materialist in the philosophical sense, which means I believe that reality consists only in the material/physical world.
Philosophical Idealism, is the belief that reality is fundamentally shaped by ideas and mental experience rather than material forces. It is the opposite of materialism.
Ideas and belief have their places but they don’t change what is. The musical ideas I have in my head do nothing for anybody until I make them real. To become real they must take on material form as physical sound waves that reach peoples’ ears. Otherwise, they are just ideas which have no bearing on reality. No amount of visualizing in solitude or watching The Secret can change that.
So, for all you materialists out there, the good news is my EP, Touch The Sun, is officially dropping on April 30! Stay tuned.
I’m continuing my journey of reading the great books of the western world. I’ve also been recording a new EP at the same time. One of the songs I just finished is called “Existential.”
I love existentialism. What’s not to love? It’s individualistic, passionate and authentic. It refuses to rely on society, authorities or tradition to find the meaning of one’s individual life. Currently, I’ve been reading a couple of books on the list by Jean-Paul Sartre, who was one of the main existential thinkers.
I relate to almost everything he writes about. In his book, Nausea, the main character, Antoine, has basically spent his entire life running around the globe trying to capture what the meaning of his individual existence is. Nobody can tell him. He manages to do a lot of things and have a lot of adventures over a 10 year period, but it all seems fleeting. He’s restless as he continues to search for something that has deeper roots.
I’ve been in the same boat many times. I’m still on it. Being an existentially-minded person ain’t easy, but, for some people it’s inescapable. I think a lot of artists are existential-type folks. We create art as an exercise in uncovering what the meaning of our existence is.
Speaking of artists, Genis Carreras designed the above image. He has an amazing collection of designs that represent philosophical movements. I can’t get enough of them.
Rainn Wilson, the actor who plays Dwight on The Office, is my soul brother. About a year ago, I came across this little video of him explaining some of his views on art, spirituality and philosophy. It has resonated with me a lot ever since.
Here are some of the big ideas he lays out:
“There [is] no difference between being devout and being an artist. There’s no difference between creativity and spirituality and philosophy. . . It’s all about human expression, and, it’s all about seeking to transcend. It’s about that yearning, whether it’s through science or through art [or] through service. . . I play Dwight. That’s just as much me being of service and worshiping as if I’m on my knees in some temple somewhere or bowing my head in prayer to God in some way. It’s really all just the same thing.”
I just finished reading Nature by Emerson, which pretty much started the whole transcendentalist movement. One of the main principles he lays out in it is called Unity. According to Emerson, Unity basically means that “a rule of one art, or a law of one organization, holds true throughout nature.”
I can’t help but think Rainn Wilson is talking about this same kind of Unity. I mean, he’s got to have some serious transcendentalist or hippie roots, considering his name is Rainn.
I believe in Unity too. When I write music, I learn important truths about decision making, vision, order, and just about everything else. Each principle I learn can easily be applied to all the areas of my life. For me, creating music is special in this way. But, because I believe in Unity, I realize that just about any activity I bring my focus and intention to can open new doors to truth. I’m grateful for that.