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Why Catch & Release and why now?
Hi there. I’m glad you’re here. This trick only works when there are at least two of us. What I do and what I’ve done for my entire life is create things. Writing, singing, playing, designing, coding, and general-purpose tinkering are all mediums for my overactive imagination.
But it’s more than just making a thing. Making a thing is a solo pursuit. It’s 10,000 hours spent honing a craft, sharpening the mind, and tuning the senses that enable one to catch an idea that’s been hiding in plain sight since the beginning of the universe. Because like physical matter, ideas or inspiration can’t be created or destroyed. They can only be caught and transformed. That’s the catch.
The balancing part of the equation is the release. Art or really anything that’s made has an innate imperative to be shared, to be released so it may connect with a receiver.
The process of catch and release is the flywheel that propels creativity and creativity is the beating heart of civilization.
Maybe this sounds like an incomprehensible foreign language to you. A secret club you can’t access. It’s not. And that’s one of the reasons for this project. I’m creating this space for us. I’m going to do my creative work here in the open for you to see because maybe watching me succeed and fail might help demystify the process and empower you to create for yourself.
Even if I don’t achieve such a lofty goal, maybe my work will make you feel less alone in the hamster wheel of your own eccentricities, anxieties, and aspirations. It is this connection between us that I’m most keenly interested in.
I will share something weekly, if not daily here. It’s a space where I will work without a net. By design (and necessity) I won’t attempt to impose a rigid structure because the point of this space is to experiment and share a wide variety of creative projects. I can promise there will be no posturing or pandering. That’s exhausting and a distraction from the pure purpose of creating and sharing. In return, I will ask for your help if and when you’re able to subscribe. I lost my job in October and this freefall is a chance to see if I might be able to earn a living wage as an artist.
You can expect some songs, short stories, novel excerpts, videos, musings on things I love, and rants on things I don’t, though I promise I’ll keep these to a minimum or at least try to make them funny. There will also be some photography and other visual noodlings that are the product of my undying love of Photoshop.
I hope you’ll join me on this adventure!