On Living Intuitively

To live a creative lifeThe late Sathima Bea Benjamin, one of South Africa’s great jazz vocal exports; recently remarked to someone I know that life is about living intuitively. This was shortly before she passed away. As an artist, I think I am becoming more and more aware of living intuitively. I think the being of an artist, is intuitive by design – something innate and immovable. Having found myself pursuing my dream of living/being who I really am, consummately and with little regard for the limitations inherent in our systematic modern culture – I’m beginning to fully grasp the role I want to play, not only in my life or the lives of others, but as an all incumbent creator. This however noble, is still really frightening.

Article on Nicky Schrire, as appearing in B'Jazz magazine

Article on Nicky Schrire, as appearing in B’Jazz magazine

Having returned from Joburg, where I trained for my current job as a roadshow presenter for a youth marketing company; I’ve found little time next to the daily hustle for updating this blog – except by populating my last few posts with the articles I wrote for the September issue of B’Jazz magazine, once more an act of intuition on my part – having never written professionally before. The articles have been received well by the small community of jazz aficionados on Facebook.

Mom and Me

Mom and Me Roadshow

In regard to the roadshow, things have been going really well, in that there is much less stress involved and I really enjoy working with the kids – it’s been a refreshing break compared to what I’m used to, especially since my previous job involved lots of stress, unsympathetic management and chronic eye fatigue from staring at the computer for an average of 10 hours a day. Now, most of what I do is physical and I’ve noticed an improvement in my physique – while noting less energy overall since I exasperate most of it in the first 3 hours of the day. Having said that, it still is loads of fun and something really authentic, considering this is a discussion on intuition. The two kind of go together, authenticity and intuition – I can’t imagine going back to where I was a few months ago, spiritually, emotionally, innately.

Brother & Brother

Brother & Brother

On the music front, much has been going on. In fact, October seems to be the most busy month I’ve had in ages. Brother & Brother has done a string of gigs in the last few weeks: at Hidden Cellar, Kaleidoscope Cafe, Aandklas, Armchair Theatre and last night we played at ROAR. Tonight we’re playing at Elevated Motion‘s EP launch at Cafe Art, which has already sold out. We have also been confirmed to play at a big festival next year, the first of many I hope.

I’ve also done my first two gigs with my solo project Brightly Clothed Boy, to much elation. It’s been really challenging playing solo, but considering the good response I’ve had – I’m really excited for what comes next. The EP is now in pre-production and I haven’t had much time since coming back from Joburg to work on it, so it’s simmering now.

Skalie at KabaretmaniaThe Soapbox Jazz Jam Sessions have been going well too, with a range of great artists and fledgelings coming through, exploring and sharing their creativity.

The school play I’ve done the music for Die Middel WΓͺreld (The Middle World) is also almost ready for the stage. Last weekend, I recorded the backtracks for the kids and they are going to George soon for a few performances and then performing at Klein Libertas Theatre when they get back. I unfortunately cannot attend in George, due to logistics and neither can I attend their Klein Libertas show due to rehearsals on Skalie Skinnerstories Tref Stoffontein (the musical I’m in that went to KKNK), which will show at Kabaretmania at Oude Libertas Theatre at the end of the month.

Not complaining though, here’s to living intuitively.

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10 Comments

  1. This living intuitively, is it because all/most of your daily life is creatively-oriented?

  2. Wonderfully written. And I envy you for having the smarts to pursue what you want to get out of life. You are a role model for the young, Josh. I’m amazed by your energy and myriad of talents as well.

    • Thanks Marj – your supportive and kind words are much appreciated. For most people, doing what you really love is a very scary idea. Even I at times think it’s the dumbest thing, but then again the reward or payoff of having done or doing it currently almost always trumps the feeling of doubt or fear. I’m just trying to take it as it comes, hence the post. We’ll see how things progress from here!

      • Don’t think much of success in terms of money and fame. Although I already know you don’t. It’s the joy in doing the things you love that truly matters.
        And I can tell you are having the time of your life now. You’re that awesome.

      • πŸ™‚ Yes it’s awesome. So, how have you been? Haven’t spoken to you in months really?

      • I’m okay. Though I don’t feel great sometimes, because you know, life… My job still keeps me busy. A few distractions get in the way, but reading and writing remains as my most favorite activity. I don’t know. It’s like I get transported to another world when I spend time in the blogosphere. πŸ™‚
        Yeah, we lost touch. I go online only on weekends usually. But I promise to come here whenever I can from now on to get updated on the latest about you.

      • Yeah life can get us down really hard sometimes hey. Anyway, since I quit my office job I’ve had less time to read others’ blogs – so I’m trying to pick it up again. I also love that feeling of ‘travelling’ when reading blogs – it’s so rad. I also especially love reading yours. πŸ™‚ Here’s to more awesome posts!

      • Ha ha! No prob, Josh. I don’t come to WP for the stats or to become a popular blogger. There’s just something magical about putting my thoughts, experiences, and feelings out here. I’m sure you feel the same way about writing.

        Reading your latest posts, it seems you’ve gotten much better at this art, too. So here’s to more posts from both of us. Cheers! πŸ™‚

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