Monthly Archives: January 2011

The Imaginary Quality Bar

Am I alone in this?  We tend to believe that because we’ve seen a few shining examples of achievement in whatever our artistic field is, then by extrapolation, there must be thousands of people producing better work than us.  It’s … Continue reading

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If it’s Blended, it’s Splendid

When I paint, I like to blend.  Arguably, I like it too much, do it too often and start blending at too soon a point in my painting.  In my defence, it looks so good, I can’t help it. I … Continue reading

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Crushing Creativity

I was reading a wikipedia article recently about Graham Gouldman, one of the founding members of 10cc and perhaps one of the most successful British songwriters of the past half century.  What was interesting was how Gouldman told of a … Continue reading

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Life as a Multidimensional Creative Being

Life as a multidimensional creative being can be difficult. What is a multidimensional creative being? If you are one, you know you are. You understand what it means. Most people will tell you there’s no such thing. What it means … Continue reading

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Be Unrealistic

We’ve all heard it at one time or another.  Somebody gets wind of our ambitious plans or our big project idea and they say to you, “be realistic”. What does that really mean? Could it be the same as saying … Continue reading

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Amazing It Happens At All

Consider what somebody takes on, when they decide they are going to create a musical product on their own, using their own resources and make it into something of cultural significance. These days, they are going to need to be … Continue reading

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25 Creative Ideas for Starving Artists

Try painting the subject you are looking at upside down Swap light colours for dark and vice versa Paint with a fork instead of a palette knife Reverse the chord sequence of a song you like.  It is a new … Continue reading

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25 Ideas for Daydreaming

Imagine your life the day, month, year, decade after your dreams come true. If you came to power, what would you change? What if musicians and artists made laws?  What would they be?  Would there be any? Think about the … Continue reading

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Some Good Reasons to Be In a Band

Has being in a band lost its gloss?  Lots of people record in their bedrooms, these days, working on solo projects, sans collaborators.  The media is full of stereotypical stories about the drunken, drug-binged debauchery of life in a band, … Continue reading

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2010 in Review

Here’s what wordpress told me about my blog: The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers A … Continue reading

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