Welcome to my creativity journal! Here you'll find musings on music, meditation, mindfulness, and more.
We all know how difficult it is to actually follow through on our goals. Often the goals I set for myself can quickly become so numerous, complicated or so weighty that they begin to weigh me down and prevent me from even getting started!
That's why I've decided to make 2017 my year for creativity. That's creativity, period. This effort may include writing as much music as possible, making recordings, and collaborating with as many other artists as possible. But I won't let my mind get bogged down in its furious plans for the future. This year, the practice of creation comes first.
Developing and sustaining a productive creativity practice is obviously not easy—it's something I've struggled with for as long as I can remember. Over the years, my interest in practice, creativity, and improvisation has led me to be interested meditation, mindfulness and Buddhist philosophy. For many, these techniques, which are hundreds or even thousands of years old, have offered personal liberation and spiritual enlightenment. While I don't expect to join a monastery or devote my life to Buddhism, I am curious as to whether its techniques and lessons might be applied or incorporated into my existing practice to help nurture my creativity.
I'm an experienced musician and composer, but a novice when it comes to meditation. The more I learn, the more parallels I see between mindfulness practice and musical practice. I thought maybe if I started to write down some of these connections as lessons of advice to myself, I might actually begin to follow them!
Maybe you'll be interested in my thoughts and want to start a conversation. Maybe you'll be inspired to start your own creativity journal. Join me in making 2017 the year of creativity. As Leonard Bernstein said, “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”