The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself. – Alan Alda
If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe. – Carl Sagan
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. – Eric Fromm
I played guitar today for over 4 hours with a friend. As I stated last week, it’s quite amazing how well our styles, musical goals and creativity blend together. The music just seems to click when we play.
My friend’s girlfriend listened while we played the last song of the day. She asked us how we knew which part each of us was going to play. She genuinely was curious how we figured it out as it wasn’t written down. I looked over at my friend. We both had the expression of “we have no idea.”
I told Allie that it just flows. It just seems to work out. There is not a lot of thinking going on. That’s what happens. You get the basic structure down, have a bag of tools in the form of technique and then just stop thinking so much. You have fun. You revel in the enjoyment of the sounds. Everything starts to flow.
I’m having enough fun playing that my “guard” is let down, my mind is not judging too much and because of that, the creative window is opening up. This isn’t about wanting to play in front of a crowd or anything like that. It’s about two musicians letting the creative energy flow in a basement. It’s about the fun and expression. Mistakes are just learning points. The enjoyment comes from the sounds produced.
Creativity comes in many forms. Music is just one. So, don’t feel you are not creative if you can’t play an instrument. We all have creativity that is only a thought away whether it be art, music, writing, problem solving, photography, interior design, cooking, gardening, database design, singing and hundreds of other areas. It only means we must put ourselves in a position to let that energy flow. Typically, the best place to start is with something you love to do.
Let it flow. You’ll be happier because of it.