Cisco Kid is a Friend of Mine.

Hello,

This short music video (see link below )  is about the loss of childlike imagination and it’s rediscovery later in life.  It’s called “Cisco Kid is a Friend of Mine”.  I hope you enjoy it.  Earlier videos are available at my Art and Zen Today Channel linked below.  Remember to view on full screen with headphones or stereo speakers and use your device’s volume control to attain proper loudness.

Peace,

Steve

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=im9pQHfuWX4

 

Art and Zen Today YouTube Channel:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKjCTdN9J7bhP7QCS16d1sA

Sageism Versus Ageism

Have you noticed that you and everyone around you is aging?  What’s up with that?  Anyway, you may be interested in watching my latest video entitled “Sageism Versus Ageism”.  Playing with video is what I do to keep halfway sane these days.  So, thanks for watching and keep the comments coming.  See the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKjCTdN9J7bhP7QCS16d1sA

 

Na Na Yeah Yeah by Eurecka Magicka

If you’ve been feeling a bit distraught of late, this 4-minute music/video may help.  It’s called “Na Na Yeah Yeah by Eureka Magicka” and I’m sure you will recognize the tune.  You can find it on the link below:  Remember to watch in full screen mode and with good stereo speakers or headphones.

Regards,

Steve

 

“Absurd It Thru The Vape Grind” By Eureka Magicka and the Vape Grind Dancers

If you think that things of late have seemed a bit absurd, this short music video (see below) might be for you.  It’s called “Absurd it Thru the Vape Grind” by Eureka Magicka and the Vape Grind Dancers.  If the title seems absurd, it will start to make sense if you watch to the very end.  As always, please watch on full screen mode with stereo speakers or headphones for enhanced enjoyment.  You can see related videos on the “Art and Zen Today” Youtube Channel.

I Can’t Get No Satisfaction.

Hello All,

Has your “satisfaction level” been low of late?  Then, this new video might be for you.  It’s a “Chill Out” version of the famous Rolling Stones song “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”.

 

You can see other videos on my “Art and Zen Today”  Youtube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKjCTdN9J7bhP7QCS16d1sA

 

You may also enjoy Wunjo at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WvF3Dq0CxA

If you are really adventurous and want to check out a bizarre form of satisfaction seeking, check out my most popular video “Modern Mud Men” at Vimeo:  http://vimeo.com/34280061

Whose In Control?

 

The Goddess Indica Enters the Garden. But, Whose In Control?

Mixed Media Sculpture by Steve Wilson

Whose in control?  If you’ve been asking yourself this question lately, this music video might be for you.  It was inspired by a mixed media sculpture I made recently.  Typically, I resist giving names to my art pieces, but the name for this one came mid-production.  I hope you enjoy it.  Follow this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9JpddBh8RQ&t=119s

“Wunjo”: A Music Video for the Times.

Have you been feeling confined lately and in need for a trip?   Today’s video from Shrink Wrap/Wilson Bros. may be the ticket.  But, first the back story.

Last Fall, I invited my brother, James and his wife to visit us in March 2020 in order to escape from the harsh Minnesota weather. I also suggested that we plan an event where our band and others would play.

Over time, the date got pushed back to April 11th and the event became what I called a “Happening” where a handful of visual artists, word artists and musicians would creatively interact.  The number of participants was kept small since this was seen as an experiment that might be done on a larger scale, if successful.  Needless to say, something happened that prevented this Happening from happening.  Maybe another Happening will be planned down the pike.  For now, I feel like I would like to try release some videos that might come close to capturing what I imagine might have been the “feel” of such an event.  I am posting this on the day the Happening would have happened.

As part of my preparation for the event, I created a 50 min. video that I planned to project in a loop, during the event.   A couple of weeks ago, my brother sent me a new tune called “Wunjo” so I could provide some feedback.  As I listened to this tune, it occurred to me that it might work with some of the video material I had planned for the Happening.  Both the music and the video conjured up for me a Journey to places and times beyond the ordinary.  So, the video below incorporates my brother’s music with a small portion of the larger video I had prepared for the Happening

The videos I will be releasing in the future have incorporated some images by the artists that had committed to be part of the Happening.  In Wunjo, you will see some digital images from Jake Gage’s Buddha series, a video of a swinging Buddha by Annie Pirruccello and a painting by Barry Robson. For the best experience, watch on “full screen” mode with headphones.

I asked my brother to provide some insight into the title Wunjo.    Below is his response.

“Wunjo” refers to a letter in the Rune alphabet. Runes in general, reference an alphabet that was used in Northern Europe before the eventual adoption of the Latin alphabet.  The earliest runic inscriptions date from around 150 AD.  Each rune, often made of bone, wood or stone was imprinted with a carved symbol, has a name and a sound, as well as a given meaning.  Like Chinese characters, Runes can represent a letter as well as a “concept “, or a word, and thus sometimes used for fortune telling and divinations, much like a Tarot card.  Wunjo was used to symbolize emotional satisfaction, happiness, and/or light, i.e., a generally positive state-of-mind. 

Use of Runes is tied to Celtic cultures.  Today, the term Celtic generally refers to the languages and respective cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, and Brittany, also known as the Celtic nations.  The vocalist you hear on this track, Celica Soldream, calls herself “Celtia”, and has focused her talent on evoking a “Celtic feeling” with her singing.   I personally find Celtic vocals mesmerizing and even transcendent, which is why you will hear Celtia’s vocals on a number of my tracks.  I believe it lends an overall “other worldly” feeling to the music.

I hope that Wunjo will carry you away to distant times and lands, but most importantly, clear your mind, relax, and enjoy!   Peace.

James Wilson

Here is the link to “Wunjo”:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WvF3Dq0CxA

Eureka Garden Episode #5: Language of the Birds

Over the past couple of years, sculptures that resemble what I imagine might be produced by the very first artists on earth, have passed through my studio.  Many who see them either ask me why they were created or suggest that I undertake some sort of inquiry as to why they have appeared in my life.  While the idea of having some sort of dialogue with these creatures appeals to me- after all, Carl Jung did this with his art during the development of a process he called “active imagination”- I’ve yet to follow through on such a project.  I’m not sure whether it is because I’m lazy or because I am in accord with Thomas Moore who wrote:

Usually when we explain a painting precisely, its mystery vanishes

along with its value.  The very point of a good painting is to keep

us wondering, asking questions, offering interpretations and

contemplating.

Who knows?  I may eventually end up doing some of this Jungian analysis where I treat these creations as archetypes and inquire into why they exist.  For now, I am having fun creating new art using this strange cast of characters.  I invite you to follow the link below to a video where some of these creatures show up.  It’s called Eureka Garden Episode 5: Language of the Birds. I’d suggest listening with high quality headphones.

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“Dancing With Death” and “The Elegy Project”

 

Where do we come from?  Where do we go?  Acrylic Painting by Steve Wilson

Over the past year or so, my brother James and I (collectively “Wilson Bros / Shrink Wrap”) have been creating musical pieces with spoken words having to do with death embedded in them. Two pieces were released in previous posts on Art And Zen Today.  I’ve received feedback that some people were reluctant to listen because they thought the music would be depressing, however, most reported feeling just the opposite after actually hearing the tunes. 

In today’s post I am providing links to two sites where you can go to listen to all the tunes we created and learn more about our project (see links below). First, you can listen to and download (for free) the album “Dancing With Death” which is based on this project.  At the second site you can see our contribution to “The Elegy Project”, an art-based exploration of death and dying created by Valerie Grove in the UK.

In creating our music, my brother and I attempted to pick messages we felt would help us face our own mortality by including them in music we liked and would listen to. It’s sort of an experiment inspired by Stephen Levine’s wonderful book ” A Year to Live: How to Live This Year As If It Were Your Last.” I have listened to the music we created almost daily over the past year, and although I am unsure whether my fear of death has subsided I do believe that, in subtle ways, the messages are helping me become more mindful in my life.

For instance one song (“Soon We All Will Die”) includes the repetitive phrase “Soon we all will die, our hopes and fears are irrelevant”. I find this phrase popping into my head at various times throughout the day, usually when I am frustrated or annoyed by what is presently going on. More often than in the past, I may remember that my time on earth is limited and that getting worked up over whatever is bothering me at the moment, is not worth it.  Now that the tunes are finished and I look back over them for a common theme, it seems that most of the messages on the album remind us that by fully acknowledging our mortality, we can choose to live a more authentic life.

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Death is the only wise advisor that we have. Whenever you feel, as you always do, that everything is going wrong and you’re about to be annihilated, turn to your death and ask if that is so. Your death will tell you that you’re wrong; that nothing really matters outside its touch. Your death will tell you, ‘I haven’t touched you yet.”

― Carlos CastanedaJourney to Ixtlan

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Here are the links:

1) http://www.onemindmedia.net/music-2/

Here you can listen to or download “Dancing With Death”.  I would urge you to also explore other pages of this site (which is in it’s infancy) as it is rather unusual.

2) http://naturestrikesback.com/voices-from-the-void

This is a link to Valerie’s website “Nature Fights Back” and the “Elegy Project”.  I would strongly suggest that you visit her site to see her wonderful artwork and to experience “Voices From The Void” as well as the other contributions to the project.

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“HOW DOES JESUS SAVE US?” : NEW RELEASE BY WILSON BROS/ SHRINK WRAP

 

 

 

Today’s post consists of an audio and video experience.  The first is Wilson Bros/Shrink Wrap’s newest release “How Does Jesus Save Us?”  Also included is a video where I describe the process of teaming up with my brother to create a music that is related to increasing our awareness of death and dying.  I’d suggest scrolling down to the music first and then viewing the video if you are interested.     

Link to Video Entitled “Some Thoughts on Music and Death”

https://youtu.be/jZqEHGJ9h04

Here are some suggestions for listening:

1) Play the music when you have enough time to mindfully listen without worrying about being distracted by other issues.

2) Use whatever rituals you usually use when preparing  to move out of the  flow of ordinary life.

3) The music was especially created to be heard through headphones.  Try to avoid earplugs, if possible.

4)  As you listen, focus on your bodily reactions (i.e. sensations, feelings, emotions etc., whether positive or negative) rather than the meaning of what you are hearing.

5)  Try listening to the piece more than once be open to having different experiences with each exposure.  Try dancing/moving while you listen!