On a creative kick this morning


You know it's going to be a good day when you wake up and write a song whilst still in bed. HELL YES! Thank you God. I'm going to try to ignore the fact that it is reminding me of a Taylor Swift song and just go with it. Hopefully we can suck the naive 17 yr old out of there and infuse it with some jaded 28 yr old magic! I love when songs just come into my head. How does that happen? It's so cool. I think it must be literally a mixture of the tunes, words, thoughts, and images that circle around in your subconscious for hours upon end. They some how converge into this piece of art and spew themselves out of your head onto paper.

But the coolest thing about the creative process for me is free will. How often do we get that divine creative spark? Something just goes off inside us - a melody, an image, an idea to make something. It seems absolutely brilliant and...from another world. From a deeper place. It most likely is. It is then our CHOICE to do something about it. Do we write it out? Do we pick up our instrument or our paintbrush? Do we race to the laptop? Or the phone to call a creative partner? A lot of times we don't. At that moment, my guess is that divine intuitive spark travels outside of our bodies and into someone else who is going to do something about it. You know when you hear a song or see a movie and go - I totally had that idea like 3 years ago, that whore! Well, yes, you probably did. But did you do anything about it? No. Art and creativity - it is the essence of God - the creative life force. This universe is the most beautiful, insane piece of art ever. I think that creative life force is at work all the time - and we are it's tools. We are the little hands and feet that make it happen. We can either listen to it - honor it - and give it a voice. Or we can go about our day and focus on our next meaningless endeavor. The choice is ours. And that's a beautiful thing.

Watch this video for more on the creative process. An old friend posted this on his blog about a year ago and it still inspires me today. Elizabeth Gilbert wrote "Eat, Pray, Love".

On another note. See the Michael Jackson movie, "This is It." It is absolutely amazing. He was truly a creative genius - or at least one of God's favorite tools. So talented, so visionary, such a kind spirit. The concert truly would have been out of this world. It's so neat that we get to sit in a theater and see the King of Pop at work. It's a beautiful tribute, makes you move in your seat, and inspires the shit out of any performer or musician!

You moment of Fran Zen:

"Man in the Mirror" - Michael Jackson

"Sometimes you've got to let everything go - purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything...whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you'll find that when you're free, your true creativity, your true self comes out." - Tina Turner


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