Wednesday, July 8, 2009
just for a moment simply
stop, be still, silent...
listening. There is a song inside...
a passionate lady that sings to
each and every one of us...
a lullaby voice that encourages
us to stretch... often in unimaginable ways.
lady becoming. The second picture is Rita MacNeil, a very
real passionate Lady-- singer, songwriter living in Nova Scotia.
be still... listening. At the time, I was trying to design an angel. If there is anything I hate to design
more than anything, it's angels. I don't understand it really... I just dread the thought. But guess what
... angels are big in my line of business! Since I design and manufacture pewter giftware items, it's
stands to reason that one of my biggest markets are Christmas ornaments. So, the most asked question
at retail Craft Shows is "Do you have any angel Christmas ornaments?"
none of them really 'speak to me'... and not surprisingly then, that none of them really speak to
the public either. So, here I was back at the drawing board... time and again I would start a design only
to scrap it... none felt right.
"What's the problem May?"
"I'm stuck... I need an angel"
"the Angel you're looking for comes from a reflection of you"
"But I'm not an angel"
"Yes you are... you are becoming, just like everyone else"
"Yes, everyone, there are no good or bad, just children becoming".
"What's this have to do with sculpting an angel"
"You need to look within, not without... to be proud of who you are within and to reflect that out?"
"Flying on Your Own". The voice is Rita MacNeil... the singer who wrote the song... not the recorded
version that Ann Murray sings (the more popular version) in her glorious, boisterous and powerful voice
, but in Rita's higher pitched, more subtle tones. There is something about Rita's passion that speaks to me... she is not lithe and stunningly georgeous though she seems to float above the others.
passion... the spirit of her voice is becoming my angel... my inner passionate Lady.
...And when you know the wings you ride Can keep you in the skyThere isn't anyone holding back you. First you stumble, then you fall You reach out and you fly. There isn't anything that you can't do. You were never more wise girl. You were never more a fool. Once you break through, its all up to you Your flying on your own.
becoming, but I captured something of her spirit... and when she was finished, the design was right--
spoke to me (literally and figuratively) ... and judging by my sales, the angel speaks to my customers