Entries by Mark Rafter


Bob Dylan – Shaman

“An artist has got to be careful to never really to arrive in a place where he thinks he is somewhere.  You also have to realize that you are constantly in a state of becoming, as long as you can stay in that realm, you’ll be alright.” -Dylan, 2007 ” What struck me is that […]


Frequency, Vibration and Art

Every once in a while, I will diverge from specifically “art” to other things that influence my art.  I am convinced that energy, is a key, maybe THE key, entity that governs our reality.  Everything, is made of energy (Einstein taught us that). Eckhart Tolle has spoken of the Frequency Holders.  I want to riff […]

The Future, Is Out There

It’s Thanksgiving, time to be grateful … for now, for the future, repeat. ON that subject, here are two quotes I like about the future. “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today” – Dr. Suess “The best way to predict your future is to create it” – Abraham Lincoln  Thanksgiving […]


Potential vs. Capacity

Think about the difference between potential and capacity.  I have long counseled my sons to “realize (their) full potential.”   I’ve done the same to myself, feeling like I’ve sequestered myself in an engineering career without taking the risk to ‘realize my full (human) potential’ as an artist.  Something like that. I have come to […]


Failure is a Learning Tool

18 Nov 2017 – Listen, really listen, to some Bob Dylan songs; there are plenty to choose from, impossible for me to have a favorite.  It would be something like ‘anything off of Blood on the Tracks or Blonde on Blonde.’ Dylan’s impact on popular music is incalculable; his impact on me profound. Favorite lyric […]