Creativity Every new born child comes into this world as a fully creative individual. Each of us has all the potential to develop and express some of the most magnificent art, ideas... or new inventions that perhaps could change the world or save humanity. The only problem is that shortly after birth society and general education puts a stop to these capabilities by conforming the child to conventions of what it considers normal thinking creating blocks to that pure inspiration and creative spark that exists in early life. Each generation seems to superimpose upon the new ones coming in a variety of ways to restrict and limit their thoughts and ideas. It is as if there were a set of laws, or regulations... sort of like those we have in place with the operating of a motor vehicle. As the child develops he or she is reprogrammed away from the natural order of things, to an order to deny ourselves and our desire to freely express. I keep thinking that somewhere in the majority of adults there is a deep resentment of having this same thing done to them, but instead of recognizing the problem and attempting to correct it they just keep repeating the pattern generation to generation. It is only occasionally that someone breaks through the wall of the box we put them in and we receive a gift of their genius... a true "break through", perhaps this is where this expression comes from.
When are we going to learn not to stifle that creative spark we are all born with. The world around us is full of the results of those creative sparks with all the inventions and art we do have and enjoy. Just imagine (that is if you can imagine... if you are not so locked up in the box that you cannot) what kind of a wonderful world we would have if more creativity existed, even just a little more might solve all our dilemmas, cure all illness, solve world hunger, stop the desire for wars, create happiness for everyone... even save this earth. We must return our natural creativity to ourselves as a species before it is too late.
Ancient clay relief ~ over four thousand years old of an early guitar design
The Guitar Gateway To Creativity
It seem that the guitar is perhaps the most natural of all instruments for creativity in music. Why is the guitar such a viable avenue for the creative musician, could there be some special hidden factors in the very nature of guitar other than it is portable and easily available to almost everyone. Could it be there are things about the guitar and its heritage/origin and the essence of string instruments in general that inspire creativity... or perhaps even draw those playing it deeper into the creative area of the human mind. How many people really know much about the guitar? On other pages of this site I have alluded to and defined the history of guitar and the string family in general, as well as presented pictures of ancient guitar type instruments that have been around for thousands of years. Could it be that this ancient heritage is in some way compelling us to explore the guitar and creativity; I believe so.
The guitar, is the decedent of the ancient family of string instruments known as simply the Tar. It is in fact the Tar family of instruments that all other string instruments are derived from. What is important to note is that these early guitar type instruments were present in the area that we now call "The Cradle Of Civilization", and by some accounts (from at least a biblical perspective) was where perhaps the "Garden Of Eden" was. In this concept may lie the hidden answer to the tremendous popularity and almost compelling draw of the guitar... as well as an explanation for the guitars inspiration in the hands of the creative musician.
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Creativity... A Basic Human Right
We all come into this life with an immediate abundance of ability to be the "Next Big Thing" in any area of life we should so desire to explore. We are born into the Natural World of Creativity... with all the connections in place, like those of the processors and programs of a brand new computer, just waiting to be presented with ideas and images from the outside that will take us on an inner journey of imagination to discover who we really are and were meant to become to the world. Then... it starts to happen... The Shut Down, like perhaps a computer virus that takes over from the outside of our true self... and slowly... bit by bit... piece by piece blocks, controls and destroys all the great things we could have uncovered and offered to the rest of the world.
It seems almost deliberate, as if those around us in our lives... from family, friends, teachers and later others in our working environment... everyone, everywhere has taken an oath based on perhaps the fear of change, a pledge to stop us from the uniqueness of ourselves. It's as if they want us to follow a specific road map... or guidance system that "keeps them safe from us". Why is this... What is it that they are really so in fear of... is the fear really based on their concern that we will be better off by complying, or that they will be less threatened. This is the question and a dilemma for ourselves as to how we can not be infected by this virus of insecurity when they are the carriers of it. It seems to be their sole purpose only is to take over our lives, destroy our potential of individuality... and protect themselves from the fear of any type of change. Just like the pathology of any infectious disease, or a computer virus... We Are Gradually Taken Over To Become "THEM", and serve only their wants and needs. How can we protect ourselves, how can we immunize our creative mind to this epidemic of fears that is focused on us so that to comply and do only what the program allows.
Have we forgotten... We Are The Creators... We Are Man! Creativity is in our nature and in our hands, and has been since the dawn of mankind. We are the only species of animal on the planet that continuously pours out new ideas every second of every day, and has been doing so for as long as any historic records have been kept... and even far beyond that into the deepest past of pre-history. Our very essence is Creativity and , we were put here, placed here... or whatever to continuously bring about Perpetual Change. If we have any purpose in life at all it is that, to create and move the world into the future with our ideas and what we make and bring into reality. Why are people so determined to slow things down to a halt, to cause things to stop... or to say in other way... To Imitate Death, that condition where there is no movement.
In my art... music, there has to be movement... music is like a living organism at it's best... ever changing, twisting stretching and exploring new worlds of sound. Music is non-static design, it is A Sound Sculpture in Sound, always In Motion. Music moves like all healthy living things... not trapped, inhibited, restricted or enslaved to any outside force... Not Dead. Music is A Pure, Living... Creative Flow of Energy, unfolding before our ears... as if they were eyes. This is what has made music a very special and important part of our lives... it is a pattern or blueprint of life itself. Like DNA music shapes our lives mysteriously in ways we cannot even begin to know. Music takes on a journey to our own soul, a place we seldom can visit without such a guide, a guide to a part of our self we cannot experience any other way.
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