Musings (vol. 2)

Taking a second to clarify a bit of the last post… I had the idea to talk about the creative process because it’s a part of every art form that everyone experiences differently, I wanted to share its significance  “through my ears.” You may have thought: why Duke Ellington? He’s famous for unique chord changes. You also may have thought: how did I pull “art is channeled passion” out of the hat? Ah, referring to a not-so-weekly tweet I do called Quote of the Week, in which I make up a quote and tag a famous musician or public figure as it’s originator: i.e. this tweet.

It’s kind of funny having music as an interest and talking about it on social media. Sometimes I feel like the world revolves around music, not because of its vast importance, but for its inherent existence in everyone’s daily life. Maybe it is because of its vast importance, I don’t know — music has an ability of connecting people, breaking down societal barriers, filling empty voids. To me, it sounds simple — if the world has about 7 billion people, and 95% love music, I should be able to create a lot of conversation by posting about it. How does it sound to you?

Musings (vol. 1)

The creative process. It can start anywhere: watching a TV commercial and catching a curious chord progression in the background music, driving down the PCH with the image of the sun setting on the water etched in your memory, reading a 1920’s literary classic and putting your own pen down to paper. For me, it’s when no one is home. That’s when I feel compelled to sit down at the piano and clash diminished and dominants with simple harmonic chords, stuff that just doesn’t fit in the real world. I guess standards exist for a reason though, but it’s not that they’re to be held, but rather to be deceived. I bet Duke Ellington would agree. Either way, when I sit down at the piano or pick up my vibes mallets and go, all I really do is let the creativity flow. So here’s my process: art is channeled passion, so channel it.vibes-mallets