If you’ve got a thing for lyrics that make you reflect like I do, folk singer/songwriter Paleo (David Strackany) is worth looking up for a night of your time. Every time I’ve seen him perform, I was privy to something special – a look into an individual’s innermost thoughts and feelings expressed through music. He once wrote and recorded a song every day for 365 days and follows a true traveler’s lifestyle – that is to say no permanent home, lots of driving, sleeping in the car, couchsurfing and conversation with strangers. I think there’s a lot of people that secretly envy that, but to him it has the same simple pleasures, tasks and routines as any life has. He’s also the first to admit that art is sometimes more about elbow grease than inspiration. Here’s two things he is excited about right now though.
1) I’m excited about the concept of the soul again. It’s something I hadn’t thought about since I was a kid, really, and I’ve just recently begun reflecting seriously on my convictions on spirituality – meaning of life types of questions. But just beliefs in general.
2) Questioning beliefs, old ingrained assumptions I’ve been carrying for too long. About happiness, love, art, why I do what I do. I think it’s all so much simpler and farther away than I’d ever thought, like Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. Sometimes it’s easy to think you’re better off not knowing… but you’re not.