By: Steven Danner
Creativity is the building block of a musician's life. The question is, how does one do it? If you take a look at people who are creative you’ll soon find they see the world in a different way. There are some foundational elements that are at the center of all of us musicians, poets, writers, and creative people.
Challenge the rules and question everything.
Taking it back to Picasso once again. To break the rules you have to learn why they are there. When an artist's music breaks the ice into the mainstream scene it typically happens because they are doing something different. It may be as simple as mixing different elements together, but they are questioning what’s out there. Take the group 2cellos, they took modern music and infused it with a classical approach. They challenged the labels that may surround classical music. They questioned how classical musicians can play with the modern music kids. They, among other groups doing the same, paved a way for something new and gave the world something beautiful.
Creativity can become stagnate. It’s important to do things differently, be sporadic, mix it up. The only habit you should think about before accepting the “don’t get into habits” tip is the habit of pursuing being creative regularly. Write daily. Create daily. Ever realize why some of the best songs come at a breakup? It’s because your world changes, it gets shook up, you see everything in a different light. Not to say you should seek creativity in heartbreak, but the idea applies, new things can help you find creativity by helping change your perspectives. It may be as simple as deciding last minute to see a music performance instead of sitting at home watching Netflix.
Allow yourself the freedom to be creative.
Creative and Inquisitive people cultivate that environment. Being around people of like minds will help the discouragement that can set in due to people's non-creative judgment. If you find what works to stimulate your creativity that’s awesome, but don't let your idea that creativity has to be achieved only one way steer you away from exploring different things. View creativity as being everywhere. You just need to open up to see it.
Don’t be judgmental.
Judgment in a creative environment excludes ideas that are different. If there’s no judgment then there will be an environment that’s ready to listen. The hardest societies to create in are those that are closed. Those suppressed societies are ones that, theoretically, the rules governing what people are allowed to do are never going to change.
There’s something unique that happens when you’re ready to listen, and that’s the birth of ideas. If someone listens they are open to consideration. With consideration, a person will be receptive to find new ideas, those ideas when mixed with their own, will create a new idea. Here’s a formula if you will. Creativity is basically a mixture of two ideas; your own and the one you get when being in a nonjudgmental environment. Therefore, those two ideas have the potential to give life to an insightful third idea. It happens so fast and so often sometimes we can overlook when it strikes.
Societies influence what people create. So, those societies or groups that express an openness and question everything will have a higher potential to thrive with spontaneous creativity. This isn’t to say that creativity can’t happen in suppressed environments; think about how Blues music started.
In the pursuit of new ideas ask yourself “How do I know if they will work if I don't TRY.” For the musician, remember, one note is just noise but put a bunch together and you have music. One idea may be one idea until it’s cultivated into something great. Most importantly music is an expression. Be yourself and love doing what you're doing.