We have a special episode today that’s near and dear to my heart. A huge part of why this podcast was created was to help listeners with actionable advice for their writing goals. A majority of our episodes touch on the business side and the how-to of getting ahead with a creative career. Rarely do I get to talk about the artistry in creativity and the almost-spiritual sense of creating art with our innate gifts. Today’s episode is a gem because we’re bringing it back to the basics about why we’re even creating in the first place: Why we must create for the livelihood of our souls and for the world.
Today’s interview features Lily Wilson, our first musician on the podcast! It’s incredibly eye-opening to see how art, from music to writing, has the power to connect us all at the very core of our experiences. Lily describes the heart-warming moment she shared with a kind homeless man named Charlie, and how they inspired in each other a second chance at life.
We discuss the hurt and darkness that engulfs us artists when the rug is tugged right out from under our feet, how we can find healing, and what it takes to resurrect our deep love for creating and making that art. We talked about goals and plans; the freedom in not having any and going with the flow, that following our intuition can, more often than not, lead to opportunities and abundance that we ourselves could not foresee.
Storyteller Tribe, I felt my heart expand in this one. Listen in and give yours a good stretch.
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What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
Disengaging negative inner voices
- Awareness of unconscious mental blocks
- Creating your artistic work in safe spaces
- Recognizing and accepting your talents and strengths
- How collaborating with another artist can bring out a creative side of you
Learn More About Lily Wilson
Lily Wilson’s music has a way of drawing the listener in and reminding us of the simple beauty of life. Her voice has been described as being “soothing in some other worldly way.”
On her newest release, “Harbour,” she says, “With all the craziness in the world right now, I am reminded of the things I have to be thankful for. This group of songs feels like a twinkling harbour filled with welcoming front porches and real friends.”
Lily grew up on her family’s farm in Napa, California with lots of outside time and open space to roam and create. Bands like Fleetwood Mac and Crosby, Stills and Nash provided the backdrop for her childhood, and influenced her deeply. Her career in music started when she moved to Spain in college. She was drawn to the Flamenco songs coming from gypsy caves above the city. She started writing songs, and soon was performing on street corners, teashops, and clubs all over Andalusia.
Growing up in such a remote place gave her a hunger to collaborate and perform for larger audiences. Now based in Los Angeles, she has released five CDs independently, and is currently writing and recording with producer/ bassist, Mark Browne (Melissa Etheridge, Simple Minds). She recently won the L.A. Music Awards “Best Female Vocal Performance” in the AC category, and she has been lending her voice to other artists’ projects as well. She has performed and recorded with Melissa Etheridge, Beth Thornley, Kiki Ebsen, Philip Sayce, Kenny Loggins, Patty Griffin, and John Batdorf.
Lily’s Recommended Books & Resources:
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz