Day 91: Ongoing Furnace of Creativity

I have been composing daily for four months. There have been many ups and downs in that time. Sometimes I felt great, sometimes not so much. Sometimes I felt very clear-headed, sometimes I felt muddled and confused. Through it all, each day I have been able to sit down and come up with some new composition idea with relative ease. Some days I have continued working on a composition from the previous few days, and that worked quite as well. As I wrote a little while ago, the blogging didn’t…

Day 80: Appreciating Open Creative Valves

Writing out my thoughts for these blog posts, I find it’s pretty easy to circumvent “the censor,” as “The Artist’s Way” author Julia Cameron calls the resistant inner critic that tries to block our creative expression. I wrote about this a few years ago: I am able to bring forth my thoughts, my creativity, etc, without censoring myself. I completely trust that my creativity is there. I have total faith in it. Certainly there may be times where my faith has wavered in other regards, but not when it comes…

Day 45: A Transcendent Production of “The Secret Garden”

This is a two-parter pertaining to musicals 🙂 Part #1: A Transcendent Production of “The Secret Garden” For many years now, my wife has shot pictures for “Music Circus,” an annual Summer tradition here in Sacramento where six complete musicals are professionally staged over several months. Due to the Pandemic, Music Circus hadn’t happened since 2019. My wife has loved returning to take pictures after the three year break. For me it’s been great fun to be able to see the productions again. Last weekend I took my mom to…

Day 19: Composing vs. Blogging, or How I Was Made to Make Music!

My daily compositions have been streaming out of me easily and joyfully for over fifty days. So far I have always found it easy to sit down at my computer in front of my keyboard and start a new project . On my computer is an Apple Music playlist of each piece with a date and time on its title (this is a default setting for sharing from Logic onto Apple Music). Today, I scanned the titles and realized that only four of them (in over fifty) were finished after…

Day 18: Pursue Your Own Personal Version of Greatness

I think it’s important to believe that you are capable of great things. I’m not talking about doing what other people think is great. I’m talking about pursuing your own personal version of greatness. What is important to you? What inspires you? What do you care about? Somewhere in your answers to these questions you will find it. For me, greatness is closely linked with personal happiness. Yes, I want to be my BEST in all areas that matter to me. Yet even more, I want to enjoy myself each…

Becoming Creatively Unstoppable

I remember when I was a kid, it seems from an early age I would write down stories in a journal. I did this at school, but I also did it at home. After all, my mom was (and is) a writer herself. Writing was just a normal part of life in our household, I guess. When I was really young (maybe 11 or 12? Not sure), I realized that I could improvise music easily and effortlessly. It just occurred to me, kind of like an equivalent realization as a…

The Importance of Being Ready

Most of my life I put incredible pressure on myself. I forced myself to step into challenging situations and grow and strive. And I learned a lot from it all, yet ultimately, after all of the striving and struggling and stressing and hoping and shouldering the burden of a thousand expectations, I learned that concentrating on what I am actually ready for is a far more effective approach. I grew up admiring (and envying) artists, musicians, and writers who got well-known/famous/rich early in their careers. That was the picture of…

Reaching for Satisfaction: Creativity Edition

Since starting up this blog again ten days ago–actually, for several months now–I have been thinking about what, exactly, this blog means to me. More importantly, whether I’m blogging or doing something else creatively, I have been searching for what I want to do next. It may turn out to be blogging specifically. It may turn out to be another kind of writing project, like writing a book. It may be a music project. Either way, it will be a satisfying creative project 🙂 The 365 Day Blogging Project was…

The Ghost of Elvis

Every day I show up to the page and see what it has for me. I say this literally, and I say this figuratively. The “page” might be this keyboard, it might be the journal I’m currently writing in. It might be the piano I am playing, it might be the music program on my computer I am using. It might be the voice recorder on my phone taking down whatever I express, whether through words, song, or piano-playing. By extension, it might also be the things I tell the…

The Closet Renaissance Man Calls Out that Old Nasty

Earlier this month I mentioned the Benjamin Franklin biography I read a few years ago. Since reading this book, Franklin has seemed to me the perfect example of someone who permitted himself to follow any and every interest without self-censoring, over-thinking, or stopping himself. He pursued every passion with complete commitment and abandon befitting the ultimate Renaissance man. No wonder he is still remembered and celebrated. I have deeply admired that, and I aspire to that freedom. Yet I admit I have often been too judgmental, to contained, to circumspect,…