Official Website of Marcel Wormsley
Author. Thinker. Storyteller.
A Bit About Me
A habitual fancier of all things rarefied and transcendent, especially in and through various modes of artistic expression, I enjoy being perpetually-swooned by great music and art about as much as I enjoy responding to it in my idiom. Indeed, my creative words are motivated chiefly by the more or less spontaneous experience of great art and music, whether at a gallery showing, museum exhibition, symphony/recital, or even through the filter of the Internet. In a poetry workshop I did several years ago, I found that one of the most effective ways to develop as a writer is to immerse oneself in the habit of writing, allowing creative forces an outlet of expression wherever or whenever they may arise.
Good writers, in my opinion, don’t await and respond to external writing prompts, they create them. And so hence, the birth of this blog (an entry explaining the somewhat comical origins of the blog title will be posted separately). If it is true that music and colors speak where words are silent, then it would seem that we as poets are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to our palette of expression. The challenge, of course, is to find a way to do “justice” to the ineffable.
But I, for one, happen to believe in the power of words to create pathways to hitherto unseen worlds; it is my duty as a writer to harness them. If words cannot express something, I am here to attempt to make sure they do. Of course, the artist never really “gets it right”, but somehow continues to derive some sort of meaning and purpose from successive attempts at approximation. For me at least, art is a process, not a result. When I immerse myself in this process, I accept all the pain, frustration, and euphoria that comes along with it. And I grow as a result. As an artist, and as a person.
Music-wise, I’m a big fan of classical, especially anything that involves or features the piano. My favorite composer of all is Frederick Chopin, whom I often refer to as the “Poet Laureate” of the piano. Indeed, one of my major joys in life since February 2017 has been to create and share spaces for classical music seekers, musicians/ensemble directors and regular-old aficionados like myself alike in order to consolidate and network effectively within the local classical music community. Please feel free to check out the Houston Classical Music Lovers Meetup page and its affiliated Facebook page and Facebook group of the same name.
I’m also keen to jazz, blues, funk, 80’s/90’s R&B, alternative and even some top 40. Religious consumer of public radio. Can’t imagine my world without it. Not a T.V. person, although the odd documentary might catch my glance on occasion. I recently took up bird watching as a hobby, and am really looking forward to learning as much as I can about it and enjoying the process of doing so. Food-wise, I am a big fan of hummus, sushi, salmon, quasi-vegan goods, dark chocolate espresso beans, fruit, (lots of) water, and all kinds of tea. And tea houses.
I like big books (and I cannot lie!) with lots of big words and big ideas. I read the dictionary for fun, find it difficult to part with old textbooks, and am no stranger to the library and bookstores of all stripes. Mostly into non-fiction, but do find my way around a good novel or two on occasion. Never been one to turn away a good poem.
Currently brushing up on some philosophy, poetry theory and some Baha’i literature, especially regarding the pressing movement towards the eradication of all forms of prejudice and racial justice. Big fan of Sartre, Kant, Camus, Locke (Alain and John), Kierkegaard, DuBois, Proust, Bukowski, Ellison, Wright, Kafka. The list goes on. Love His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Pope Francis and other world spiritual leaders and visionaries who are helping to guide us to a more perfect place of peace and compassion. I’m all about consorting with people of all faith backgrounds, ethnic groups, nationalities and so on, learning as much as I possibly can about them and their lives, concerns, interests, etc. with a view towards highlighting commonalities and building strong alliances. I consider myself very fortunate to live in the most diverse and integrated city in America, which makes this really easy to do.
When I am not dawdling away online or in a big book I am usually out for a walk, scavenging the thrift shop, in attendance at an orchestral/chamber/solo concert or recital, at a museum, volunteering with Baha’is and with other social advocacy groups, organizations and communities. Networking, making connections (online and off) and refining my “brand” while simultaneously re-orienting every aspect of my life in accordance with the sacred obligation to serve others has been something of a full-time job for me lately. Well I suppose that is all for now. Congrats, you made it.
“A candlelight wanes in the breeze. In stillness, its strength is replenished.”