A poem to the Angel of Death…
I get jealous of the angel of death
As she scopes in secretly
Wooing people 'till their
Heart beats flatline for her
Alluring and mysterious
She dances around us
This little writing above was part of a much bigger piece: One to be shared later down the line.
One expressing my softening in a transition: from east to west. from working artist to artist. from... something that felt forced to something that feels real. from what was, to what is.
From something to something... that feels so big that I can't put words to how transformational this move is for myself. To stepping into trusting that fire in my belly to say yes - and actually saying it.
Here's to the boldest move I've taken yet. To not having my artistry be the thing that has the roof over my head, rather my artistry being what supports me in self expressing. And to be the type of human that inspires and coaches people to do whatever they feel is their purpose in life.
Here's to making a difference in this World.
"Jake La Botz is a creator of dark poetry and haunting song, the kind of music that gets in your bones and rides you for days, a sound and vision only those who've been to the bottom and clawed their way back up can generate. His midnight gifts evoke Hank Williams and Skip James as much as Tom Waits and Dylan. Not everybody will get this music - because not everybody is ready for the truth."
- Jerry Stahl (author of Permanent Midnight)
I can't believe I haven't written about this, actually.
If you know me, you know how much I adore Butch Walker. Seems I've listened to him since I knew what Rock and Roll was, and had my own set of speakers to listen to him through.
Every time there was an opportunity to feature a musician, since I've been working at Inked Magazine, I would (try not to shout) "BUTCH WALKER". When our Pin Up themed issue came up this year... My editor in chief took me up on this... and... well... I got to interview the dude.
Funny thing was, I just went to his show in NYC a couple of weeks prior. So, his talent and ability to perform was fresh in the heart.
To read what I wrote... yup, I got to write the damn article... Keep on keepin' on.
ToBeReal, a non-profit organization seeking to enhance the meaning of mental health and illness by challenging cultural definitions of normal and abnormal, provide a nuanced understanding of the authentic struggles that accompany the human condition.
Sounds like the perfect place to be published, eh? I was a featured artist. See the full run HERE
All nighters with Tina Vaden to create one of kind prints, frames and a beautiful celebration of creativity and divinity. Creating from nothing, this experience allowed me to take apart my work, put it back together, as well as take leaps of faith into a mixed media World. It isn't so scary...
So much more experimenting to do.