Boy, does this economy suck! If you're like most people I know, you were already broke before the market took a dump in September, and making your bills was hard enough then. Artists seem to always be up against challenges financially, but now, things are just plain ridiculous. Even people making good money or working in industries that are far less risky than the arts are taking on second and third jobs, pruning their social lives back and seeking creative, alternative living arrangements (i.e., moving back in with Mom and Dad). Situations like this can really bring a person's spirits crashing to the ground. However, as I found last night, it's doing little to dampen Denver's creative spirit. In fact, I was bombarded with so much positive creative energy that I can't cover it in just one column. For today, we'll focus on the first part of my night.
I started the night at the Meadowlark Bar, having drinks and brewing up ideas with singer-songwriter John Common. Of course, with remarkably original ideas like the People's Kazoo Orchestra, the Common Box Project and the upcoming Songwriter Death Match, Common always finds ways to do fresh things with words, music, visual arts and more. With money drying up, the man is still a nearly manic fountain of fun and fresh creative concepts. It's hard not to feel inspired around him.
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