So you ask, why start a blog about creativity? The seeds for this started long ago during my first trip to New York City back in the summer of 1994. Being a huge Beatles fan one of my first stops was the area in Central Park known as “Strawberry Fields” which is a memorial to John Lennon with the word Imagine in the middle, located just across the street aways from the Dakota where Lennon lived, and unfortunately died. After spending some time at the memorial I went into a corner bookstore and found a book about the Last years of Lennon’s life.
The most compelling part of the book described Lennon’s creative process for his upcoming album “Double Fantasy”. It was surprisingly deliberate and intentional. He first set out to do something he had never done but had dreamed of doing his whole life: go sailing (just a note but it is one of my unfulfilled dreams and is on my bucket list). He put together a crew and set sail for Bermuda learning to sail on the way. In the midst of a serious storm at sea, Lennon proved himself to be a natural born sailor instinctively knowing the way avoid possible disaster. For Lennon it was a freeing and confidence building experience. Arriving in Bermuda, a rented villa awaited him with a full staff to cook and clean for him. The catch: No one was to speak to him and he could not speak to them in return for a solid week. Lennon drank no coffee, cut down his nicotine intake and ate only an organic macrobiotic diet prepared each day by a staff chef. At the end of the silent period Lennon headed out on the town in search of local records made by musicians hugely influenced by the Reggae movement of Bob Marley. After immersing himself in the sounds of the Caribbean he then pulled out the guitar and the note pads and the music simply poured out.
That story stuck with me, mostly because I was stunned at the intent of the process. So years later here I am, with this blog, set to explore all things creative. To give others some tips, tools, techniques and insightful stories like the one above that might prove helpful in someones quest to create. Here’s to the adventure that awaits. I hope you’ll come along for the ride.