Let’s get creative, don’t be afraid

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Flowing creativityI went to a concert recently.

Not really a big deal, people go to concerts all the time. But I went to see Brad Paisley. For me, this was the third time seeing him live. There are very few musicians that I feel are worth paying to go see, so three times is a big deal.

Why do I keep going back to see him?

Brad is known in music circles as a phenomenal guitarist, a true genius when it comes to those six strings. He is known in country music as a traditionalist in many ways, staying true to his country root (he still wears a hat) and he’s also know as a down-to-earth guy who has a great sense of humor. His opening acts know they will be pranked. These qualities were what drew me to Brad as an artist.

What keeps me coming back?

 He uses just about every creative fiber he has to pull his show together, from the music to the animations, from the arrangements to the light show, it all comes in some way from his brain. It is amazing to me that all that content comes from one person, at least initially. He will credit his team and band, which makes him that much more awesome.
 The ability to be creative at that level is awe-inspiring to me. I have always considered myself a creative person. I’m a musician, an artist, and a creative thinker. I struggle most days to express my creativity. I’ve thought to myself in the past, if I could just get a job where I can be creative.
I’ve come to the realization that the power of creativity comes from finding ways to be creative in an environment that doesn’t promote it.
How are you creative? Does your job encourage creativity?
Go and do your art, whatever it is.

  4 comments for “Let’s get creative, don’t be afraid

  1. David Mike
    February 12, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    My entire family plays guitar, except me. My dad even owns a guitar shop. I do hair, but I feel like I’m more of a technical operator. I have recently found passion in writing and am trying to be creative in that realm. We will see how it goes. I am not a fan of Brad Paisley but I respect his passion.

    • February 13, 2014 at 10:11 am

      It’s great that you’ve found something where you can be creative. In my opinion, working with hair is a very creative field. I’m just limited in my perspective lately when it comes to hair due to my lack of, well hair. Thanks for chiming in, I love reading other’s perspective on my point of view.

  2. February 12, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    This is making me think…I like that. “The power of creativity comes from finding ways to creative in an environment that doesn’t promote it.” It’s especially interesting since I’m working on a piece where I’m talking about how corporate has “killed” my creativity, despite being in a position where I’m allowed to be creative. I have to think a bit more on this now. Good post. And yes, Brad Paisley is the man.

    • February 13, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Working for the public sector (state government) can be really challenging due to the bureaucracy, never mind trying to be creative. I’ve said to myself, if I only had a job where I had to be creative, I would be happier, more fulfilled, etc. Then recently, I made some off-the-wall recommendations (at least in my work) and they were received well. That made me think I could start being more creative and see where it takes me. Thanks for the feedback and yes,, Brad is the man!

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