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Sparking Creativity by Taking Risks and Practicing Craft

Originally published in “Uncle Weed’s Dossier” in Vancouver Observer on May 23rd, 2010, Republished here intact for posterity.

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Austin TXDave in TorontoOver the past few months, I’ve traveled to a handful of cities and read multi-disciplinary artist David Byrne’s charming discourse about urban planning and culture from the seat of a bike called “Bicycle Diaries.”

Byrne’s international input sparked me to share and compare observations about the environs of TorontoSeattlePe Ell WA, and AustinTX.

However, instead of expository writing comparing these cities, I ended up under the care and scalpel of UBC hospital emerging with scars on my belly and ideas spinning while convalescing on the couch. While floating in and out of lucidity, I came across a fresh notion to share some thoughts about my personal creative journey.

Dave Olson On the Road

So, checking my faux-humility at the door, I sought to lay out my thoughts for the attendees of the grass-roots organized personal expression conference Northern Voice in video form.

While i was a little medicated during the filming, this hazy feeling seemed encourage the spirit of a couple of my heroes Hunter S. Thompson and Jack Kerouac to come along for the ride.

In short, since I was a wee gaffer, I’ve made stuff – While many others do the same, mine were all made to be shared. As such, they were publications rather than ephemeral arts and crafts.

My creations span technologies from ditto machines (you remember that smell of the fluid) to real estate office Xerox copiers to doing 3 months hardtime at a Kinko’s night shift just to use the new colour copiers after hours to make poetry chapbooks. Here’s proof:

Pig Express #2 P.1 VOM fanzine #2 with Ramones january in the hotsprings

me and ole dead Gramps

I also owe some of my compulsive documentation-ness to my ole dead Gramps who hit 67 countries, plus an extended roadtrip with a 17 yr old version of me, before packing it in for good.

My notebooks chronicling the trip (at his insistence) list cafe menus, gas stops, Anasazi ruins and Mexican motels is tucked in my files waiting to take form.

By writing any/everything with the express intent to share — including usually more private discourse like college papers and travel journals — I oblige myself to step up and express with vigor.

As I spiel forth in the video, my key words of advice to all creators are to: a) take risks; and b) constantly practice your craft.

The authour taking risks at a young ageTurn off the TV, find your happy place (my reminders live on the walls around me), and — to paraphrase a Hemingway quote i saw on a coffee shop chalkboard in Manazanita, Oregon — “Write for yourself, Write for others”

By doing so, you and your audience (no matter the number) will build a symbiotic relationship to spur your artistic pursuits and spread joy which will impact for years even decades, not just fifteen minutes of fleeting disposability. Channel your anxieties and prepare to share — indeed your painting is done once you put it under glass.

So, pop some corn and come on up to my place and be sure to take of your shoes – I haven’t the time for sweeping.

Dave Olson’s ‘Storymaking’ Spiel from Northern Voice 2010 pt 1

Dave Olson’s ‘Storymaking’ Spiel from Northern Voice 2010 pt 2

Note: Both these videos are viewable in full screen HD with stereo sound

Credit

Shot and edited by Andrew Lavinge who, along with colleague Jon Onroy, chronicled the impact of the Olympics against a backdrop of social media and social justice in a film project called “With Glowing Hearts.”

See also: Dave Olson and others in True North Media House webisode from With Glowing Hearts

Music

The Numbskulz (Pe Ell, Washington) “Doggie”

The Black Tories “Pretty Like Gasoline”

More

Curiosity seekers can view a variety of interviews, prezos, anecdotes and incidents featuring me from conferences, bur rides and boardrooms talking about creativity, literature, revolution and good times on the Spiels and Stories playlist at YouTube.

Blurb

In a field trip to his home studio in Upper Lynn Valley, North Vancouver, storymaker Dave Olson (AKA UncleWeed) extols keys to creativity and shares creative project examples from childhood to present and explains how each creative endeavour contributed to his stream of mixed media personal expression and shares key influences via shelves full of heroes.

Rock n Roll Heroes ~ The Numbskulz – Choogle On #87

On a visit to the hamlet of Pe Ell, Uncle Weed checks in on the emerging super powers of The Numbskulz [MySpace] – Nolan, Seth and Graham. The 3 young rock and roll brothers recently recorded tracks at a studio and are seeking to load up their camouflage RV for a NorthWest summer tour. They discuss the songwriting process, the power of music to inspire others, playing covers vs. originals, promotion tactics for bands, and the importance of demanding knowledge at school.

Prepare to rock with Rock n Roll Heroes ~ The Numbskulz – Choogle On #87 (.mp3, 32:19, 29MB)

Podcast album art
Episode art photo by Uncle Weed, arted up by Bread the Producer

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Podcast Goodness

Choogle On! with Uncle Weed – Renegade Documentaries – Feed – iTunes – Blog

Postcards from Gravelly Beach – Literature podcast – Feed – iTunes – Blog

Out n’ About with Uncle Weed – Travelin’ man vidcast – Show – Feed – iTunes

Ephemeral Feasthouse – Prezo, interviews & spiels –Feed – Blog – Podcast

Clubside Breakfast Time – Indie rock + political punditry – Blog – Feed – iTunes

Visit

Uncleweed.net for more writings, podcasts, paintings and photos

Follow along via Twitter @uncleweed and/or @choogleon

Gear

I use Koss SterophonesM-Audio MicroTrack IIM-Audio Solo audio interfaceGriffin iMic and Sony Microphone – in case you were wondering.

Wandering Back to Austin ~ Choogle On #85

On the opening night of SXSW Interactive/Music/Film fest in Austin, Texas, Uncle Weed strolls 6th St. in search of rolling papers and describes the surroundings of partiers from geeks to spring breakers, police on horseback, tattoo parlours, death metal pizza, bars, grills, taverns, microbrews, civic economics and impending cultural chaos. Featuring music by Dan Mangan “Road Regrets” and The Numbskulz.

Stroll on for Wandering Back to Austin – Choogle On #85 (11;49, .mp3, 11MB)

Choogle on album art by bread the producer

Episode art by Bread the Producer from Photo by John Biehler

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Grab the Choogle On RSS feed or subscribe Choogle On via iTunes – Choogle On by Email

Podcast Goodness

Postcards from Gravelly Beach – Literature podcast – Feed – iTunes – Blog

Out n’ About with Uncle Weed – Travelin’ man vidcast – Show – Feed – iTunes

Ephemeral Feasthouse – Miscellanea & spiels – Blog – Feed – Podcast

Clubside Breakfast Time – Indie rock + political unditry – Blog – Feed – iTunes

Visit

Uncleweed.net for more writings, podcasts, paintings and photos

Follow along via Twitter @uncleweed and/or @choogleon

Gear

I use Koss SterophonesM-Audio MicroTrack IIM-Audio Solo audio interfaceGriffin iMic and Sony Microphone – in case you were wondering.

Tribute to the Fonz – Ian Christiancy RIP – Choogle On #83

Upon the untimely passing of a friend Ian Christiancy (aka Gazoo), Uncle Weed cracks a tall can of beer and sparks a bowl of sour diesel on a dock in Harrison Lake to share memories of friendly adventures to Darrington Rock Fest, Amsterdam Cannabis Cup, curling in Portland, parties at the cabin and hangouts on Steamboat Island and anecdotes about living tough and timely, yet unseemly, advice, leather jackets and souped up Novas.

Featuring music by Numbskulz, Nazareth and excerpts from The Pudcast with Gazoo and Sajo.

Tribute to the Fonz – Ian Christiancy RIP – Choogle On #83 (.mp3, 32:28)

Tribute to the Fonz

Subscribe

Grab the Choogle On RSS feed or subscribe Choogle On via iTunes – Choogle On by Email

Podcast Goodness

Postcards from Gravelly Beach – Literature podcast – Feed – iTunes – Blog

Out n’ About with Uncle Weed – Travelin’ man vidcast – Show – Feed – iTunes

Ephemeral Feasthouse – Miscellanea & spiels – Blog – Feed – Podcast

Clubside Breakfast Time – Indie rock + political unditry – Blog – Feed – iTunes

Visit

Uncleweed.net for more writings, podcasts, paintings and photos

Follow along via Twitter @uncleweed and/or @choogleon

Gear

I use Koss SterophonesM-Audio MicroTrack IIM-Audio Solo audio interfaceGriffin iMic and Sony Microphone – in case you were wondering.

A Choogle and a Postcard

Finally finished off the White Poppies for Remembrance series on Postcards from Gravelly Beach with moments to spare before Remembrance day (being a year since i recorded the content).  Tis a narrative on the go in London musing on the celebratory artifacts of wars gone past.  I enjoyed Remembrance day ceremonies on the Ceeb from a cottage on Sechelt inlet on the Sunshine Coast. Meandering Past Monuments of Remembrance – Postcards #49

And part three of my ongoing documentary of a rock n’ rol trio bound for adventures from their humble base in a distressed logging town (OK that all sounds too dramatic but whatever …), Choogle on rolls out more Numbskulz conversation and more pod-debuts of tracks including a revamped Lifestyles.  The post has heaps of links to bonus Numbskulz media. The Numbskulz Grow Up and Rock Out – Choogle on #55

The Numbskulz Grow Up and Rock Out – Choogle on #55

In the third conversation with teenage rock savants from Pe Ell Washington, Uncle Weed catches up with brothers Nolan (vocals, bass), Seth (guitars, vocals), Graham (drums) and talk about recent gigs featuring vomiting drummers, hot days at flea markets, styling out on NYE, plus songwriting tactics, recording plans, staying dumb, police hassles and small town life.

Rock along with The Numbskulz Grow Up and Rock Out – Choogle on #55 (.mp3, 22:45, 18MB)

Numbskulz on Choogle on

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The Numbskulz.com

Numbskulz on Myspace:

www.myspace.com/thenumbskulz – Band

www.myspace.com/numbskulz – Nolan (including song of the week)

www.myspace.com/guitarseth Seth

www.myspace.com/squirrelboy32 – Graham

More Numbskulz on Choogle on!:

Meet the Numbskulz – Choogle on #19

Catching Up with The Numbskulz – Choogle on #26

Video: The Numbskulz in Olympia at ‘What You Got? Fest’ 2007

What you Got? Fest on Myspace

Numbskulz on Podshow

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Numbskulz at Clubside Cafe, Olympia (arm unknown)

See also: Numbskulz on Clubside Breakfast Time podcast

Beware impostors:

not the numbskulz

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dave's studio

The Numbskulz “Eviction Sessions” Interview in Pe Ell, WA

Uncle Weed interviews The Numbskulz, a rock n roll band consisting of 3 teenage brothers living in Pe Ell, Washington.

The discuss originals and covers, biggest fans, favourite bands, and future plans after a weekend recording sessions in a drippy house. Plus a name check for Steve Bays’ hair.

Note: Hear more interviews and music with The Numbskulz on Choogle On with Uncle Weed podcast.