Tuesday, January 18, 2011
are you an artist?
mostly through the inspiration of my beautiful wife, i've begun to reconsider my place in the creative world in the last few years. i've come to realize that i do have gifts. talents. stuff that not everyone can do. and even though i don't rise to the same level as those that i would consider artists, i believe that i would still get a ticket to the award show, none the less.
yesterday, a friend of mine filmed an interview with me for a video he is putting together on creativity. he was filming a photographer (a cute one), a cook, a painter, and i guess i rounded off the musician quota. as i sat there by my fire pit answering his questions, thinking about what inspires me, i realized that the largest part of creativity is just being observant to the life that's going on around you. life that happens with or with out you. so, really...an artist is just a commentator on life...right?
the ability to offer that commentary though in a way that people will actually want to watch or taste or listen is what is really special. not everyone can do that. it starts off as raw talent...but it's definitely a muscle that needs to be exercised.
now, that i'm getting older....side note...how old do you have to be when you start saying things like "now, that i'm getting older"? perhaps that's another blog post. back to my point...as i'm getting older, i've began to really appreciate the arts more and it's role in culture. that appreciation has pushed me to continue to create...even if i don't feel like it or really have the time for it. because i really believe that a world without art and creativity is a world that's not worth living in.
so my encouragement to you is to continue to create. whatever it is. if you once played an instrument but now it does nothing more then collect dust. dust it off and learn the joy of music again. if you used to write, but kids and life and responsibility tell you that you don't have time. buy a beautiful new journal and schedule (that part is important) time to write in it regularly. painting, sculpture, photography, poetry, drama, songwriting. do it! don't listen to the reasons why you shouldn't...only pay attention to the reasons you should.