I'm not posting this blog to convince the reader of anything in particular, nor to offer comfort to those I've made uncomfortable. In this posting, I hope simply to share some of the things I've learned as an artist since my spiritual connection with Andrew Wood began (spring of 2011) that fellow artists-especially musicians-might find useful. I've been writing and recording songs since 1990 and have learned a lot over the years; but somehow the spirit of Andrew Wood came into my life a couple years ago and I've learned much more since: it seemed improper to me to not credit him with some of the things that help me as an artist & primary songwriter for Atomic Honey, and also felt I should pass some of these things along. Take what's useful out of it and ditch the rest as you see fit:
First off, if you're a true artist, your art is your primary form of communication with the rest of the world: for me, they are words and music-but this would apply just the same to a painter, sculptor, digital artist, etc. As an artist, you're likely to observe and perceive the world in your own peculiar way which is sometimes hard to describe to others around you-and describing it to others without creeping them out is an even greater task. An artist will find that creating art is the best way to share the things inside them, whether thoughts, emotions, perspectives, what have you.
When I write a song, it affords me the luxury of obscuring things a bit: generalizing it so that people from many walks of life can relate to it, sharing some parts of my deep inner self with the world while leaving other parts safely guarded. I always know that I can "speak" freely in songs I write because the listener will never know which parts are from my own perspective and those that are from another's-even those close to me. If I choose to include something biographical in a song (which I sometimes do), only the person/s I've told that story to will pick up on the reference, which makes it very easy to make songs for certain people. Also, though, if the words are generalized enough, the listener will be able to associate them with some part of their own personal experiences and give them a feeling that someone else understands them. In my opinion, this is communication at its best-something everyday conversation simply doesn't allow for most of the time. This is also why, I believe, that music is so universal-why all cultures throughout history have a form of it-it's really right up there with religion.