Tag Archives: Originality

How Different You Could Have Been

You might think that, born somewhere else, under different circumstances, you’d turn out pretty much the same as you are today, no matter what. The things you accomplished would have been accomplished, no matter where you started. You’d think the … Continue reading

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Everything’s Stuck. Everybody’s Stuck

Ever wondered why Beethoven didn’t invent the blues? After all, he had sufficiently tragic motivations, he had a piano, knew how to play it well and had all the same notes available to him as Ray Charles. Why didn’t he … Continue reading

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The Kind of Musician I Wanted to Be

Sitting in a favourite coffee shop, on Saturday morning, waiting for my daughter to finish her music lessons, I was reading about the human mind’s unique talent for finding patterns in nature and the ancient cognitive roots of our musical … Continue reading

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Lost Mozarts, Lost Picassos, Lost Teslas

There’s an old joke in which a man inherits a dusty old violin and an aged oil painting from a dearly departed distant relative. Disinterested in these objects for their intrinsic or nostalgic value, he decides to get them appraised … Continue reading

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I Don’t Wanna

Some days, you just don’t feel it. You wake up with plenty of what ought to be fun things to do, the tools and opportunities to do them, but you just can’t summon up the interest to do any of … Continue reading

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Out, Standing in the Field

I, like many people, have struggled to maintain hope, in recent times. There are many reasons to feel a loss of hope, as there are things going on in the world that seem to have only one possible end-point. It … Continue reading

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Creative Tensions

Everything seems to be in tension, lately. Creating always involves a form of high wire balancing act, without a net. They tell you there is one right way to solve all your creative difficulties, but is there? Any brief survey … Continue reading

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