"When I went to public school, back in the sixties, a decade today’s rich pooh-pooh and want to eliminate from memory, every student had art and music classes every week. And I’m not saying everybody became an artist, but some were inspired and everybody was exposed." -Bob Lefsetz
With the over glut of social media begging for everyone’s attention, artists have lost sight of playing, and I don’t mean your instrument.
Think back to when you were a kid. Did you play with dolls, Legos, have a Star Wars setup? Your imagination had no limits in your head or with your friends. From where I sit that’s what I see missing with artists. They spend far too much time worrying about what they should post on their multiple social channels when that valuable time could be spent engaging their creative imagination.
Let’s play! Open up the nearest book to any page and let your eyes rest on a word in the middle of the page. Write it down. Grab another book and do the same. Grab one more and do it again. With these 3 words, write a verse or chorus to a song.
Ok, I’ll do it.
Luna (from my grocery flyer)
Suitable (“Vocal Warm-ups” by Klaus Heizmann)
Mind (Broadway For Teens)
As I call out to Luna in the night sky
I ask her to calm my mind
What can I do with my life?
What is suitable? What will I find?
Cool, easy, and fun!
What the heck…let me try to write a second verse.
Weak (Kids’ Songbook)
Organized (“We Are All Weird” by Seth Godin)
Remove (“101 Healthy Vegan Burger Recipes)
Oy…ok…let’s give it a shot.
I feel uncomfortably strange and weak
As I try to organize my thoughts
My daily tasks pull me down to earth
And remove me from the hell I’ve wrought
Wanna play? Come up with a chorus and post it here!