Inspired By The Universe
This is the topic we hold near and dear because it is the core inspiration that shapes the creativity of each and every musical piece we produce.
We don’t think of the Universe in typical fashion. We’re not thinking of it in terms of the Hubble, the Big Bang, galaxies, stars, black holes, academic theories or cosmic mystery. We consider the Universe to be all of the natural elements in earthly life that are gifts to behold, our own personal universes so to speak.
This means a gentle rain, a newborn child, a deer crossing your path, fresh fallen snow, a country road, young love, laughter, romance, reflection, grief and sorrow. You get the idea.
Music is attached to the emotions each of these experiences brings to us, it adds sensitivity and connection. It is the common bond between us. It’s a state of mind that can inspire your passion and awaken parts of the brain that only we as humans can process and grow from.
As Carl Sagan once put it, all things come from the Universe (including music and our personal selves). It is our humanly gift to be the part of the Universe that looks at itself from this very unique perspective.
The journey and evolution of a musician never ends. We start with lessons, painful fingerings and basic frustrations. We learn songs and endlessly search for validation while we wear our hearts on our sleeves. We courageously persist to a level of public performance and mess up quite a bit in the process. We tolerate the inadequacies, attitudes and egos of other players while we grapple with the stereotypical plight of a musician’s life.
Yet we are driven. Driven to keep on keeping on with some level of hope to reach a professional level that conforms to society’s expectations and judgement, that we are accepted as legitimate performers.
And then suddenly we realize that all of it is just training and prep. That we can call upon these experiences to connect with our inner selves to let the creativity flow. That human conventions are guide posts thru the path, nothing more.
This is the secret no one can sell you. Play what you feel and draw upon your life’s experiences without worrying about being uniquely different … which is what makes us all very special in our own right. Pick up your instrument and make your mark on life without fear of rejection.
Experiment, gain experience, take it all in to learn and grow. Most of all, share your Universe with others and be joyful.