Tag Archives: talent

Are you hearing what I’m hearing?

19 Aug

Writing is a talent or so they say. – But not just any old writing.

I have loaded up my iPod with four Springsteen albums that have gotten some serious continual airtime.

Music, and music writing, is like breathing to some. Music allows people to find peace when stomachs are churning and emotions are lost. It pulls everything out of your head and folds it all back into place with a disconnected understanding, a little nurture and some storytelling to follow.

I remember ‘back in the day’ when we would find two or three bands and just go through the lyrics and music over and OVER until I had each beat, word, melody memorised in my heads. Because naturally, I thought it was truly beautiful.

Now listening to the story artists tell, I don’t ever seem to want to stop searching for music that has the ability to make my jaw drop and press replay just a few more times.

The way an artist writes their lyrics is an amazing talent, when an artist tells a story, it is something else altogether. Of course I am not talking about Britney Spears and her masquerade of reverberations or what have you.

You cannot channel emotion with that.

But the true artists that write, sing and sweat through every ounce of their own soulful artistry.

Listening to artists from the past, its interesting to see where influences are from and how much music itself has evolved and how much more music can change.

What makes Springsteen unique when it comes to music is the story and life behind his lyrics. This isn’t just some 70’s era flowery string laden sound – it’s the real world with bumps and bruises as well as the power of love and experience to back it up, integrated into a song that keeps me wanting to hear more.

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Leave your reticence at the door… Get dirty with creativity

1 Jul

Demystifying the creative process can be a dangerous thing. Sometimes it’s fastidious to think designers are rarefied beings, periodically struck by bone-shaking bolts of inspiration, rather than slobs like the rest of society, making stuff in their sinister black clothing, reviling amongst scattered toast crumbs and the fallen armies of takeaway coffee cups. But it’s simple really, you’ve got it in you …somewhere.

I’ve been reflecting on the idea of creativity for a while now, and the concept keeps escalating in front of me.
I find myself questioning the power of creativity versus the ability of it. For some reason we often deem we lack it, but the truth is it’s something that anyone can cultivate.

When do we start being creative and where does it come from?
An important question affecting us more than we realise, so as I finish my third cup of strong, black coffee, its time to seriously consider this question that’s just starting to get it’s due attention.

We are all born creative, I don’t care what your ‘green’ experience wants to you to say – everyone has the ability to do it. Best selling author, Seth Godin, quoted:

99% of the time, in my experience, the hard part about creativity isn’t coming up with something no one has ever thought of before. The hard part is actually executing the thing you’ve thought of.

Creativity is not just about pretty pictures. It’s about the ability to solve problems and innovate in the world around us. It’s talent that resonates deep and can truly make a difference in how we live, listen, relate to and perceive the world around us.

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There is a creative genius in us all and what we bring to the table makes our world so much more interesting. I have always been fascinated with the unique creative possibilities of each and every person – and finding hidden talent in others. Give me a chance and I’ll roll off into a spiel of creativity and passion that I’ve already done here. And will do again in a heartbeat.

Basically creativity evolves our cultures and enriches our lives with diversity and passion. I mean, if you stop to think for a moment, everything that surrounds us today was once just a creative idea.