Monday, November 24, 2008

Kinetic Knack 11/24/08

Life is a great big canvas, throw all the paint on it you can.

Danny Kaye

About 20 years ago a friend decided to make a master resume of my professional life. I still have it. It is many pages long because I did so many different things. I went to kitchens, gardens, stages, studios, pools, band shells, offices, lecture halls, class rooms, street corners, prisons, auditoriums, orchestra pits, ball rooms, church basements, book stores, bell towers, subway stations, senior centers, insane asylums, playgrounds, press rooms and others: the twisting trail of a vagabond trying to make a buck. My paint box was very complex.

The artist Robert Motherwell created many interesting paintings for many years using only black on white. And I have seen other artists create amazing, magical things with nothing but a piece of paper and a pencil. It just goes to prove the old rusty adage that says it doesn't matter what you use it's what you do with it that counts.

Life is an opportunity as well as everything else it is. Or rather, it's a vast, inexhaustible string of opportunities to do amazing things. But those things require vigor and enthusiasm no matter what's in your paint box. Notice that Kaye says "throw" not dab or fiddle. After the throw comes the time to shape, form and carefully arrange

I think the secret is love. If you love what you're doing you will throw it at the canvas, at life. Most of all I was a performer. That's what I loved, and whether it was music, broadcasting or theatre I would do it anytime, anywhere, even on a street corner or in a band shell. And I always knew when I was with my kind of people because when they weren't on stage they were standing in the wings watching the show.

DB - The Vagabond


Beth said...

Ahhhh...and now you're doing it on the Internet! Am I right, or am I right?!

This is another color in your paint box, and it's a lovely one.

:) Beth

Linda's World said...

Thank you for sharing the love of your life with the rest of us. It's so interesting to hear your experiences. Linda in WA

Big Mark 243 said...

If you don't have that 'love' in you, you should. Those who read you, do so enthusiastically. Means you art throwing something up too!

Mark and Elayne said...

As a former Hospics LPN, I never heard anyone dying of Cancer say they regrtted spending more time at work. The regrets? not throwing all the paint on the carvass. Not living their lives with passion. I love purple :)

Rose said...

And now you have a new canvas! Blogesphere...........

You have had a vast experience and enjoyed so many different places in which to display your talents.

Hugs, Rose