Amy Mantis


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I'm an artist.  Or at least I call myself an artist (really I call myself a guitar player who sings her own songs, but artist sums it up more concisely) and something I have been thinking about recently is how to be an artist in today's world.  Or how I can justify calling myself an artist.

I was listening to another Good Life Project podcast.  This one was with Jeff Goins, and he and Jonathan Fields (the host) were talking about finding your vocation or your purpose.  It was a great conversation, and one bit that really stuck with me was the notion of people being polymaths.  Meaning we don't have to just do ONE thing.  We can do and excel at several things.  Jeff uses Leonardo da Vinci as an example of a polymath.  Now I'm no da Vinci, but it got me thinking that I don't have to only be an artist to be able to call myself one.  In addition to my performing and songwriting, I also teach music.  The only business card I have does not say "artist" on it.  It says "Guitar Teacher."

But I'm not only a guitar teacher!  I'm a musician, I'm a music teacher, I'm a snowboard instructor, I'm a writer, I'm a salesperson, I'm a sailor, I'm all these things.  And I'm sure you are a bunch of things, too.

The point is, I'm finally coming 'round and accepting that it's okay that I'm not solely a performing musician.  In fact, I will probably always be something more than solely a performing musician.

Back to the Garden

This was written on February 10, 2014

As you know, I'm a big fan of Bob Lefsetz.  In one of his latest letters he said he didn't know how musicians can get back to the garden (as Joni Mitchell so eloquently penned and sang).  It's the question of the century.  How do we / can we get back to the garden?

There are a number of things to blame as to why music faltered.  But somewhere along the way, the majority of the industry lost its way.  Quick cash trumped the long haul, which is for worse, not for better.  It's bigger than that, but that notion plays no small part.  I'm not complaining as much as I am making an observation.

I don't think money is the root of all evil.  I'm not foolhardy enough to say that we don't need it.  It'd be nice if we didn't.  But music isn't about money - art isn't about money.  Sure, the best of it generates a lot of it and that's fine.  But it's about feeling.  It's about showing us things we didn't know existed and making us feel things we didn't know we could feel.

It's about passion.

I'll let Bob close it out:

But one thing remains true… If your motives are pure and your music is great, if you’re a true believer in your art and the public responds…

There’s enough money for everybody.

The Art of the Poster

May 17, 2013 12:55PM

If I told you how long it took me to make this you’d laugh:

I truly love posters.  There’s something magical about a great poster (note: mine is NOT a great poster).  I’ve been working on my Adobe skills for about six months now.  I still have a million years to go before I am remotely good at making, well, anything in Adobe, but mainly posters.

In today’s do-it-yourself world, the more you know, the better off you are.  My sister is a fantastic designer, and she’ll make me a poster more often than not if I ask her.  She has a lot on her plate these days so I took matters into my own hands.

The learning curve for me is steep, but I’ll get it.  If you have any tips to make Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop easier, please enlighten me!