Sometimes creativity presses two unlikely bedfellows together. For example, would you expect to find serenity and passionate fire together? That’s essentially what happened in this video. Painting partner in art, Tracee Vetting Wolf, offered me two different videos for musical accompaniment. The first one was a beautiful painting next to the word Serenity. I cannot claim to know where this video came from and what inspired it. I only know that like other examples of Vetting Wolf’s moving imagery, it drew me in and formed a story of flow and resonance. The second one was half of her response to a #quest2015 prompt by Todd Kashdan. As I understand it, this was representative the “fire side” part of Tracee in contrast to the “dark side” mentioned in the prompt itself.
In a flourish of artistic license, I combined them together with a musical piece that I had composed the same morning — almost from a dream state — and found that it interwove beautifully with the moving images.
How do you think they work together? What’s your take on combining the serene with the impassioned? Let us know in the comments here or on the video channel.
4 thoughts on “Serenity’s Fire (video)”
I really liked this piece Stan, a lot! In fact I think it’s my favorite so far. I only wish the video was a little longer. I can’t comment on the combo of serenity and creative fire, but I think you channeled Bach in this composition!
Very kind of you. I think the Bach compliment may be a bit above the level of this piece. Though it’s only the introduction, so we’ll see…
I continue to be in awe of this collaboration. This one, combining the serene and the impassioned was jarring in a good way. It’s unexpectedness made me think about fire in the serene, and the calmness that is the purposeful center of passion. These two – the serene and the impassioned – exist within the same moment.
Yes, I’m in awe of it, too. Tracee’s brush strokes are so mesmerizing that I sometimes have to pull myself out of the daze in order to play the improv!
You’re obviously a wordsmith. Beautifully said. Thanks for being present to your response and so eloquent with verbalizing it.
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