“It feels like a precious wound, like a heartbreak you won’t let go of because it hurts too good. We all want things to stay the same, David; settle for living in misery because we’re afraid of change, of things crumbling to ruins. Then I looked around in this place, at the chaos its endured – the way it has been adapted, burned, pillaged and found a way to build itself back up again. And I was reassured that maybe my life hasn’t been so chaotic; it’s just the world that is and the only real trap is getting attached to any of it. Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation… We must always be prepared for endless waves of transformation. Both of us deserve better than staying together because we’re afraid we’ll be destroyed if we don’t.”
This past year, I had the chance to sit down with my good friend, Jon Phelps, for his podcast, PhelpsCast. He’s featured a lot of really great artists out of the Southwest Virginia area (Abingdon/Bristol). If you’ve ever been to a production at the Barter, then you might recognize some of his past guests.
In this episode, we talk about movies and music, insecurity, therapy, and Kanye West. There is quite a bit of talk of my conundrum between moving to New York or Nashville (I ended up choosing Knoxville, go figure).
I thought I would share with you a creative manifesto I wrote somewhere in 2010. Now, I know the word manifesto can get some people in a tissy, immediately associating the thought with extremist groups and the Communist Party; however, this was something I wrote to give myself a creative direction. I’m not the only artist to have done such a thing.
In short, please don’t think I have gone crazy. Further, my opinions have changed over the past three years, and I hope to address that in a future post. I am hoping that, maybe, these words will resonate within you, and you too will start to see that, deep within you, you have your own working beliefs about your own creative process.
One: The Lighthouse Manifesto
or The Manual for a New Culture
I do not pretend to have all the answers, for I, like you, am in a constant state of growth and learning. I simply provide you with my view point – one of infinite perspectives and One, too, that is always morphing.
I checked the Akashic Records this morning in my meditations to look into my upcoming 2013. This is what the Great Library had to tell me:
I will marry Katy Perry.
I will invent the kite.
I will dance. Dance like NEVER BEFORE!
I will go to jail for downloading Napster.
I will make a declarative statement in the future tense.
I will Stanley Tucci.
Further, the Akashic Records wished to express a national and global future to me:
Kittens will continue to run the internet.
An Apocalypse will occur, but we won’t know it’s coming. You will also survive. Things actually get better at the Apocalypse.
Television will be replaced with Virtual Reality. Skype will become a 3D experience. Cyber sex will be joined with robotic sex dolls.
People of Earth will find their true homes within themselves. They will live in peace and harmony. Everyone will own a BluRay player with Netflix access.
Everyone will have their own ‘Imagine’-esque theme song that their deep psyche writes for them. It will literally be a perfect song, made only for you. It will play on repeat, forever. The only way to stop it will be to kill yourself. Over 60 percent of the world’s population will kill themselves for this reason.
Seem ineffective in today’s times, where all the kids are popping videos like candy-cane tasty treats.
Video, it seems to be the future. For the kids are getting dumber and dumber, happier and happier, becoming one with their personal media devices that allow them a little slice of their own little piece of peace.
Does this mean that I shall turn my back on the things that once brought me so much happiness? Are words the newest fossils? One day, will we all be a silent civilization, letting the images in our iThoughts broadcast out into the nothingness of YouTube?
Am I the future? God, how I pity the future generations. All of the future is centered up and around me, this little kid man, with no clear understanding of himself. But it’s me that’s going to shape the future. Whatever I make, well all of those future hipsters will take it and play like I am them, just like I take my heroes and take them and play like I am them.
Welcome to the revolution of media. Meet your guide, David Gwaltney. He’s a nice fellow with an inner beauty that most others wish to cover up. David’s not really sure why he’s showing you this side, but he knows, ultimately, it is for the best of this world, this virtual landscape of digibits and zerozeros.