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Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday Inspiration: On Creativity

A slightly different format today...after reading a recent post on Brain Pickings I came across a couple of really wonderful quotes in the vein of of "inspiration" and "creativity".

For all of us who engage in activities that require some form of creativity - writing or painting or dancing or singing; knitting or collecting or photographing or cooking; there are times where Creativity strikes us, the Muse descends upon us, and we create prolifically.

There are other days where it is just hard, a real slog, trying to get anything done. I thought I'd share a couple of great pieces, one from the composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and one from the musician Jack White, for today's Monday Inspiration.


"Do not believe those who try to persuade you that composition is only a cold exercise of the intellect. The only music capable of moving and touching us is that which flows from the depths of a composer's soul when he is stirred by inspiration. There is no doubt that even the greatest musical geniuses have sometimes worked without inspiration...We must always work, and a self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood. If we wait for the mood, without endeavouring to meet it half-way, we easily become indolent and apathetic. We must be patient, and believe that inspiration will come to those who can master their disinclination.
"A few days ago I told you I was working every day without any real inspiration. Had I given way to my disinclination, undoubtedly I should have drifted into a long period of idleness. But my patience and faith did not fail me, and to-day I felt that inexplicable glow of inspiration of which I told you; thanks to which I know beforehand that whatever I write to-day will have power to make an impression, and to touch the hearts of those who hear it. I hope you will not think I am indulging in self-laudation, if I tell you that I very seldom suffer from this disinclination to work. I believe the reason for this is that I am naturally patient. I have learnt to master myself..."

Jack White

"Inspiration and work ethic - they ride right next to each other...Not every day you're gonna wake up and the clouds and gonna part and rays from heaven are gonna come down and you're gonna write a song from it. Sometimes, you just get in there and just force yourself to work, and maybe something good will come out."

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