The Labour of Love

"We know little; but that we must trust in what is difficult is a certainty that will never abandon us; it is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; that something is difficult must be one more reason for us to do it."

                                                       Rainer Maria Rilke "letters to a young poet"      



I have been away. I was working when I felt the strong need to be alone so I reached out to my new friends who graciously accepted me into their enabling artistic environment on the rugged and beautiful Island of Fogo.

the road to Fogo

In truth Fogo is not an easy place to get to but the necessary isolation in nature the journey afforded was well worth the effort. I have come to learn that what I "get out" of my endeavours is directly proportional to what I "put in" and I am happy to say that I did not leave Fogo empty handed. The wind was relentless but she was filled with inspiration.

 solitude standing

solitude standing

I am not sure why solitude is so essential to my work. Focus is certainly faster achieved without the constant distractions of everyday life, but I believe there is more to it than just that. Being alone forces us to really listen to Our Selves and hear the inner voice that exists within us all; the one we seldom pay attention to because it tells us The Truth instead of what we want to hear.....and The Truth cannot be bargained with.

I have spent a lifetime running from Truth but I am no longer afraid to face it. I believe that failing to do so can only lead to underachievement and unfulfilled dreams and that is not where my new songs come from.  The Flat Earth Society (and yes there really is one)  contends that Brimstone Head on Fogo Island is one of the "Flat Earth's" four corners.

                                                                                                     Brimstone Head

                                                                                                    Brimstone Head

So Truth, it would seem, is relative. We each must live our own. But if we don't actually do the work....if we try to charm and pander our way past what is sincere and real inside us, then we are only cheating ourselves out of our own true potential : LOVE

             brimstone warning

            brimstone warning

I would like to thank Fogo Island for challenging me to step off the edge. While the fruit of my labour has yet to fully ripen, I know that I sailed away with far more than I sailed in with. If my heart were a net it would be filled with songs. 

"It is also good to love: because love is difficult. For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof, the work for which all other work is merely preparation." 

                                                                                               Rainer Maria Rilke

Life is what we do and the Work is it's own reward




Sean McCann2 Comments