Wintergatan and The Power of Showing Your Work.

It can be scary and fears can creep up that prevent anyone from releasing their art, writing, photography, music, or other passion out into the world.  Powering through that fear can be exhilarating and nauseating at the same time.  

Allow the fear to let you know you are heading in the right direction.  Try to do one thing every day that scares you, and try to keep growing.

Here is where Wintergatan comes in.  If you are unfamiliar with the band, please check out their video for their Marble Machine.  This video was released last March (2016).  It is almost unreal the music made with 2,000 marbles and some imagination!

As a warning, this song gets stuck in my head!  It is beyond catchy.

I've been following Wintergatan for a little while now and this week they posted an amazing video one year after the Marble Machine video was released.  The video includes Martin's reaction to numerous covers of the original song in many different musical and mechanical forms.  A great way to showcase how what you put out in the world can inspire and ignite passion in others.

Please do not let fear hold you back from sharing your work.  The closer you get to completion, the more doubt and questions will pop up.  Wintergatan shows how they construct their musical instruments and different parts of the process in several of the videos, as well.  

Wintergatan is Swedish for the Milky Way.  Keep making music and reaching for the stars.  Subscribe to their YouTube channel and support their music.


I want to begin sharing some #BookLove in my blog posts for various books that inspire me that I believe could inspire you.  A fantastic book I read and keep referring back to is Show Your Work by Austin Kleon.  I highlighted so many passages in this book.  

One of my favorite:  "Human beings want to know where things came from, how they were made, and who made them.  The stories you tell about the work you do have a huge effect on how people feel and what they understand about your work, and how people feel and what they understand about your work effects how they value it." --Austin Kleon

The way he equates the creative process to throwing a knuckleball pitch is perfect.  The way the batter and catcher don't know what to expect, and even the pitcher doesn't know once he releases the ball.  Spot on.

His books help me put action behind some of my personal goals and I love his newspaper blackout poetry.  I highly recommend signing up for his newsletter.