Raw from the Road, June 7, 2016
Trust in my HeART
AFOOT and light-hearted I take to the open
Healthy, free, the world before me!
The long brown path before me, leading wherever
Walt Whitman (Poem of the Road)
Trev Pelzer, trusted friend, avid motorcyclist.
I’ve been writing about things that give me an adrenaline rush, like motorcycles.
There are other things that give me a thrill too, like writing these emails and sharing parts of me that I wouldn’t otherwise put “out there” or expose.
Sometimes, it feels less safe to write these emails than to be riding on a motorcycle on the curves of the canyons of California!
That reminds me.
I have a very good friend who is an avid motorcycle rider and have asked him a myriad of times to take me on a ride and he has.
Are you noticing a theme here?
I loved donning my red leather gloves and motorcycle jacket, a purchase before a gig near Bleecker St. in NYC. I was ready for the road!
On one of our rides, we rode through the canyons of Malibu and the curves and turns were so smooth, I had to fight to stay awake.
Now that’s trust.
I felt so safe on the back of that motorcycle; a sweet surrender to the rhythm of the road, not to mention the backdrop of the mountain and blue sky.
These days I still live vicariously as a passenger through those who actually ride motorcycles, but it’s been a long time since I’ve had a ride.
But I get to be the driver when I’m creating designs made with a piece of the very thing that hugged that road and danced on its dangerous curves. In some way, we are one.
With every tread and color I choose, I am on an adventure, always excited to see what new design the combination will create.
I hope to someday get back on a motorcycle as a passenger, let go of my worries and fears (**and keep my shirt on!).
This is an incredible adventure creating this new work and wondering if I can incite that thrill and excitement through design, material and color.
Whether you ride a motorcycle or not, there is a ton of adventure out there, in there and everywhere.
It is my goal to connect you, or reconnect you with that wonder, that thrill in the best (and safest) way I know how.
I hope I can.
As always, be gentle with yourself.
Be Brave, Be Strong, Be YOU!
**(see last blog post ‘Naked & Deep’ for reference)
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