words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

variations | when, without moving we travel to a new vision

on the road
to Silence
> at last
quiet stillness

‘I think, therefore I am’, is far from the truth revealed in Silence (our thoughts are not who we are). As I move forward, stillness surrounds me. The ever-present moment awakens through the noise of distractions, attachments, thoughts. Creativity begins to make its presence known. The true vision that laid hidden … emerges.

There are moments, when traveling without moving; my mind turns inward. Often the idea for a new piece comes to me in the stillness of repetitive motion e.g. when driving home from work late at night or during the day riding my bike for hours. Both experiences are brought to a new level when simultaneously interwoven with ambient music of some kind: Inventive and emotional. Ethereal and far-reaching. Both movement and sound collapse the night and day into the black hole of my ever-expanding need for creativity. With each movement forward, with each night and day, like a sought out mystery, it mysteriously reveals itself. In Silence, I become one with my creative Truth.

Music for Backgrounds: Bvdub from the cd Resistance Is Beautiful and the track Nothing Like You. Perfect for that ride, drive or creative spark.

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2 responses

  1. Hi Walter, you are so right, the music does add depth to viewing the image. Love this image. I tend to do most of my work in a silent studio, preferring silence really. Music, like any other noise, just tends to get on my nerves after a very short while, but I can tolerate it and even enjoy it if I’m in the mood. Do you find that to be true? I do like the music you chose in this post though. 🙂

    June 29, 2013 at 3:11 am

    • Hi Veronica. I am actually listening to some rather soft ambient music as I respond to your comment. First, thanks for liking the art. I appreciate it. It is interesting that at times you can find music distracting. I can relate to the need for silence in your creative process. It is most important that one finds the means to be centered in ones’ creative endeavor. Silence or sound. Both can take us there. I find that the ‘right’ music actually gives me focus and quiets my mind…

      June 29, 2013 at 8:28 am

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