creative balance


creative balance

Sometimes it seems so easy to lose the spark.
Every person with creative potential knows that feeling.
And as I mentionned in a post before, that means actually most of us human beings.

In an environment where we are constantly communicating, while being surrounded by
not one fellow human, but a screen and some sort of typing device, the overall outlook can become
rather limited.

To me, being creative has a lot to do with solitude, and that of course stems from countless
hours in the practise room, working on my skills, or preparing a session or a song or a chart,
a lesson concept, a shooting thereof, and so on.
And then countless hours more, working on my personal “voice” in music.

But since a couple of years, I am convinced that my perception thereof is plain wrong,
or at best, I misunderstood.
Creativity is input and output. I has to be.
So I decided a while back, that the solitude part of the process is just one side really.
And that it is my duty to make the other side, the input part, happen.

Meet friends. Take them to watch art in all its forms (not discussing the definition of art here, oh no, and
to make my point, this will not at all be necessary).
Meet fellow humans of all sorts, and talk about ideas. Not the weather.
Meet your favourite local musicians, and hang, talk, watch other bands perform their sets.
Go to jam sessions. Mingle. Relax, and take it all in.

The effort can be quite challenging. Because we tend to think fast lane. Direct.
As in “I want to be able to play this or that, so I just need to go and practise it.”
There is no fast lane, that I am sure of now.
There is just life, and it will be a great place for all of us, if we manage to keep the spark within us alive.
And share it.
And that does not only happen when we are “done”.
It happens now, always, no matter what each of us might have chosen to spend time with.