"I had an extremely slow-dawning insight about creation. That insight is that context largely determines what is written, painted, sculpted, sung, or performed. That doesn’t sound like much of an insight, but it’s actually the opposite of conventional wisdom, which maintains that creation emerges out of some interior emotion, from an upwelling of passion or feeling, and that the creative urge will brook no accommodation, that it simply must find an outlet to be heard, read, or seen. The accepted narrative suggests that a classical composer gets a strange look i his or her eye and begins furiously scribbling a fully realized composition that couldn’t exist in any other form. Or that the rock-and-roll singer is driven by desiree and demons, and out bursts this amazing, perfectly shaped song that had to be three minutes and twelve seconds — nothing more, nothing less. This is the romantic notion of how creative work comes to b, but I think the path of creation is almost 180º from this model. I believe that we unconsciously and instinctively make work to fit preexisting formats."
Inspiring 12-minute video about the power of music and creativity in the lives of teens with HIV. We need more of this approach to life! Thanks to Eric Booth for the heads up. Posted by Mitch Ditkoff at December 6, 2011 09:19 ...
If you're following this blog, you probably know that I'm very interested in creativity. I was delighted to find this video on YouTube and decided to share it with you: Kay Redfield Jamison, profe... (Hmm.
Creativity. Inspiration. Passion. These are all concepts of which we are very much aware, but not many of us can precisely pinpoint their source. Where does creativity come from? What is it that causes a moment of inspiration?
Something bizarre happened the other day: All the clothespins were missing from the laundry bin, while an installation of a variety of forms from shelters, buildings, ships to robots were assembled on my son’s table.
Bruce Springsteen started this year's South by Southwest festival with a beautiful and inspiring—even tear-jerking at times—talk about creativity, music and hard work. No matter if you aren't a music buff or a Springsteen fan, ...
Music can spark creativity in math and science, , , , From records to boom boxes to CDs and iPods, music has long been part of the lifeblood of being a teenager. Learning math and science in class is not ...
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