Written and narrated by Tim Hansen, instructor for Soundfly's newest course on music composition, "Introduction to the Composer's Craft." Join the course here: https://soundfly.com/courses
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Our lives are composed largely of two things: what we know and what we feel.
The stuff you know covers everything you've ever learned — things like how to play scales on an instrument, the shape of a rhombus, what ingredients go into pancakes, or how to identify symbolism in Hamlet. We could say, it's the stuff inside your head.
The stuff you feel is what drives you, what you love, and what moves you. It's the dreamy optimism you hear in Debussy's Clair de Lune, the haunting allure of a gothic cathedral, the joy you get from plowing through a plate of blueberry pancakes, or the pain you feel when you read about Ophelia's death in Hamlet. It's the stuff that you subjectively feel, that you can't help or even explain why you love. The stuff that we might say is in your heart.
Creativity is when we take the stuff in our head — the rules — and the stuff in our heart — what we love — and we use them to make something that didn't exist before.
Too often, we hold ourselves back from being creative. Whether it's because we're told to grow up and get serious, or because we're afraid of being judged, creativity is seen as a distraction from the important stuff in life, or even a waste of time.
But the truth is that being creative is an absolutely fundamental part of what it means to be a person, with thoughts, feelings, and desires. Creativity allows us to break down walls we thought were unbreakable; to talk to the girl or boy of our dreams; to land the job we always wanted; to turn an empty page into a symphony. It allows us to express who we are in what we do.
The good news is that it's never too late to learn to trust your creativity. Combine the musical techniques you know with the music you love and write your own song. Take your mathematical smarts and your love of drawing and design a house. Make a brand new kind of awesome breakfast food — the bacon blueberry bonanza pancake — and open your own diner. Or write your own version of Hamlet, told from the perspective of poor, doomed Ophelia.
The first step is just to try it out. Experiment. Create something you love from what you know. Just try it. Adapt your idea into something new. Trust that you know what you're doing. You've got the smarts. You've got the passion. What have you got to lose?
Explore your creativity at soundfly.com.