Last Monday I was able to immerse myself in the music and artistry of many Indie Collaborative members, and even got to bring some of their music home to further enjoy in the days, weeks, and months ahead.
But apart from the music sharing, sometimes the opportunity to converse with fellow artists offers a glimpse into a reality that goes beyond the creative. Sometimes when we’re comfortable enough, we get to talk about shared struggles, shared challenges, and shared dreams. They’re the stories that enter the realm of the unglamorous – the amount of money already invested in chasing dreams; the sometimes daily struggle to believe that our dreams matter and make sense; the fight to stay positive when the onslaught of negativity is too prevalent to ignore; the drought of encouragement when you need it most.
They’re the things that maybe only a fellow artist would understand, and somehow when we’re lucky enough to have such conversations, we find ourselves no longer alone in carrying the weight of unspoken fears and frustrations.
The CDs that I was able to bring home with me are your “babies” – a testament to your artistry, to creative thought, but ALSO to your unwavering spirit and dedication to see things through, to believe in your vision and carry it to fruition.
I just want to take a moment to offer a humble SALUTE to all you wonderful artists! The struggles are all too real, but in all of you I find every reason to believe in the power of inspiration, and to focus on the journey and find ways to make it more meaningful – with the people I meet, and in ways I can contribute.