Just Do Today

A smart man once said that today is good enough for us. And I agree.

In other words, we shouldn’t get stuck in the past. We can’t live tomorrow today. All we can do is live today today.

All we have right now is right now.

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A Conversation With Composer La Liberte

My friend and fellow musician, La Liberte aka Zachariah Laliberte, sat down with me for an interview several years ago.

We discussed his creative process.

La Liberte
La Liberte aka Zach Laliberte

He said he “clocks in” and “clocks out” of his composer’s mindset. When he shuts the door to his studio, it’s as if he shuts his mind to everything else.

“Those doors are creaky,” he said, “they’re hard to open.”

Here are some quotes from our conversation:

“The actual writing process, getting out a pencil and paper and writing lyrics down, is never fun. I wish it were easier. I wish there were an easier way for me just to get what’s in my head out and record it. I’d rather just focus on the music and have the lyrics show up.”

“The best way I can describe it is triggers. There’s something that goes on in my head, I think in everybody’s mind, that if you see a picture, it makes you think of something. Or if you hear a song it makes you think of some memory or makes you feel something. For me when I’m songwriting, I’ve had songs that just come out of the blue. I make noise all the time. I’m always tapping my fingers, I’m always humming melodies. Every so often you come across something that you think, ‘That could go somewhere.’”

Book review: Life’s Journeys According To Mister Rogers

Fred Rogers was born about 30 miles from where I live in western Pennsylvania. And he came to be one of the most insightful people that I’ve ever read.

In Life’s Journeys According to Mister Rogers, a collection of his quotes, I realized he spoke in simple terms with simple words, but he thought about deep ideas that promote goodness and relate to everybody.

via www.fredrogers.org
via http://www.fredrogers.org

For example, his quote in the book on creativity:

Being creative is part of being human. Everyone is creative. Each person’s creativity finds different form, that’s true; but without creativity of some kind, I doubt that we’d get through many of the problems that life poses.

The book is divided into three sections:

  1. Who You Are Right Now (being confident and accepting who you and others are)
  2. Loving and Being Loved
  3. Guided drift (moving through life)
via Instagram

Instead of just telling you how good this book is, let me show you. Here are some quotes that stuck out to me:

I wonder if we might pledge ourselves to remember what life is really all about – not to be afraid that we’re less flashy than the next, not to worry that our influence is not that of a tornado, but rather that of a grain of sand in an oyster! Do we have that kind of patience?

 

It’s really easy to fall into the trap of believing that what we do is more important thatn what we are. Of course, it’s the opposite that’s true: What we are ultimately determines what we do!

 

It is tempting to cling to the familiar. Just like in music, if we keep living…playing in the key of C, we wouldn’t have to take any risks of not making it to the key of E-flat. But we’d never know what it sounded like unless we tried. And once we’ve had the practice and the pleasure of making a transition from one key to the next, the subsequent times might not be quite so difficult.

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I am not a Creative

It’s true, I’m not a Creative. But I am creative, and so are you. Every person creates.

That’s why I don’t like the phrase, “I’m a Creative.”

Signs-You-Are-Creative
photo via lifehack.org

A Creative is not a title that belongs only to a select few. We all can say, “I’m a Creative.” That’s why no one is. We’re human, of course we’re creative. Humans create things.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines creative as, “Having the ability or power to create: Human beings are creative animals.

We’re naturally creative beings. Seth Godin, well-established author, touched on this during his talk, Quieting the Lizard Brain.

“What you do for a living,” Godin said at a shipping conference, “Is not ‘be creative’ – everyone is creative. What you do for a living is ship.”

People in shipping or accounting have the same creative gene as those in filmmaking or music-making. There are different levels of creativity and people that exercise their creative muscles on different levels. But we all still got it.

We can create no matter what. That’s why I am not a Creative.