I’d like to take a moment and share with you guys what I feel are some of the top elements at play when in the moment of finding your creative flow, but keep in mind this thought processes for some may sound a bit extreme.
Since the day I began writing music I have put a great deal of thought into songwriting and what needs to be done for a song to have a strong impact on the listener. For the most part, I’d like to start off with talking about environment and how our environment plays such a crucial role in the creative process.
I have found that the importance of our environment when being creative is somewhat like the location of a business. As most business owners know, location plays a big part in whether or not the business will sink or swim. Say for instants, you’re a butcher looking to sell beef at your store however, the location of your store is in a town full of people that worship cows. As most of you can imagine this would be a pour location to sell beef and I have found this business model to be much like the location in which we choose to be creative. So the first step in understanding this is to know more about yourself and what makes you different from everyone else. Are you out spoken or shy? What kind of music do you like? Rock, Country, Hip hop, Metal? Try and position yourself so that all you see, hear, and feel is inspiration. Are there other like minded people around you pushing you forward to do your best?
Dose luscious farm land give you a sense of vision over an open field? Dose the ocean give you a sense of peace and connection? Or maybe the fast pace of a big city helps you feel as if you’re right on the edge of the next big thing that is about to happen.
With so much going on around us it can be hard to determine which environment will work best for us in regards to creating great works of art. As most of you may know, it’s much easier to alter your perception if you are in the right location.
We as creative thinkers need what is best for our work on our own terms. In other words, it is very important that you put yourself first in this matter and find a place that will work best for you. For me, I have found the Mountains in Santa Cruz, California to be a great place to find that creative flow. However, that does not mean it is a great place for everyone and there dog to be going to for the sake of songwriting, followed by a dying desperate need to paint naked fairies out in a field somewhere like some peace loving hippy farting in the wind … Like I said, you need a location that is suited to you and your needs. Whatever the case maybe if you are finding it hard to be creative, chances are you’re in the wrong place.
If more musician’s, actor’s, and everyday working people would be willing to take a chance and leave behind what they know for the sake of creating art, I think we would see a big increase in better movies, paintings, music, sculptures, and so on. Also, keep in mind this idea of finding the right environment for creative reasons can relate to anyone that is looking to be creative and not just people that work in the field of entertainment. Whether you believe it or not YOU, in some way have a special gift inside that has much to offer if you’re willing to search for it.
Keep in mind all of us here have experienced life in a different way which is based off the time and place we go about living and because of this we are able to see things from a different prospective. It’s easy for some of us to point out the flaws of our best friend, family member, or coworker, but remember this, that flaw in which he or she possesses also has the potential to grow and mold into a form of originality. We must see the positive side of things if we are going to work together.
Instead of putting someone down for their difference’s, lift them up and remember they are different because of the time and place they have gone about experiencing life. To get a better idea of what I mean on finding the write environment. Click here or on the link below to hear my latest album “Open Cummunications”… Good day!
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