Soul Hiker Espresso: Inspirations of the week

by Gilbert Ross


The theme of this second edition of Soul Hiker espresso is inspirations (after finishing this sentence I just realized I am jotting down this in a cafe` called inspirations…can I call that synchronicity?).

The topic of inspirations has been a pervasive thought clouding my head recently, possibly incited by a felt sense that moments of inspirations have been particularly lacking these days. Admittedly I have been feeling this momentary impasse in my creative journey for a number of weeks. Well, it happens.

Luckily inspirational stuff is not that hard to find if you look out for it. You can start close to home – in your neighborhood, circle of friends, local art gallery all the way to the hyper-connected corridors of the net.

I am listing two of the most noteworthy inspirational gems I have picked for this week. There are others but I have learned a thing or two about attention spans since I have been writing for the web. So here they go:

Cartoons by Steven Bonello: Colleague and friend Steven Bonello is a constant source of inspiration, humor & topics for discussion. He is an exceptional cartoonist with fire in his hand. Some of his sketches might perhaps be a little bit inaccessible to an international audience since his story lines are focused on local Maltese socio-political themes. He has captured in ink some of the thickest political gaffes in local political history and exquisitely conveyed those cultural quirks with flair and perspective.

You can also hire Steven for your own web or print projects…if you’re lucky that is. Steven is serious about his art and will not do it for just a paycheck but only if the proposal tickles his interest.

Progetto Hang: I was idling about in the alley ways of Rome two days ago when I met Luca Bertelli and Stefano Maura busking in Via della Maddalena just behind the Pantheon square. The two music students have partnered together to create and record their first musical project called Progetto Hang. The Hang is a weird flying-saucer shaped, inverted gong like instrument with a beautiful chime and magical overtones that sets it apart from anything I ever heard before. It’s truly mystical and it must be heard to be truly appreciated. The music captured my soul in the first 15 seconds and kept me standing there long time afterwards.

Luca told me that the project site is still under construction but will be updated with content shortly. I am embedding a video of him playing the Hang.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Rahul October 20, 2012 at 10:15 am

This is really amazing. Thanks for inspiring me.

johnie from lucid dreaming July 12, 2012 at 5:07 am

I agree with you kent! I really find it inspiring! I will recommend this post to my students.

Gilbert Ross December 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Thanks a lot Ken….Glad you eventually followed the link ;) and my heart rejoices to the fact that other like you found it inspirational. Thanks for appreciating!

KenWert@MeanttobeHappy November 23, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Thank you for the introduction to some very unique and special music, Gilbert.

I almost didn’t click on the video link. It didn’t look like it would amount to much. How wrong I was!

That itself was an inspiration I appreciate receiving! Just incredible!

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