By nature, the creative personality seeks growth, evolution, expansion into new realms. And by nature, also, the creative personality seeks recognition – acknowledgment by peers and the public. Here is a new work that cannot be ignored!
Even as the artist stretches into new realms, explores new techniques, opens to new genres, she must remain sensitive and responsive and true to her personal sensibilities. For her creative soul grew and was nurtured by formative experiences in the early years – for most of us these experiences revolved around some key teacher or teachers. Our teachers passed on traditions and values to us. We received these traditions and values and they formed our creative foundations. Some of us received in the studios, some of us on the streets.
When we get stuck in projects (roadblocks), there might be some benefit in revisiting what is fundamental to our creative souls, our creative vision. Perhaps a composer is branching into a more loop driven, electronic genre. He is listening to a lot of house, euro, trance, dubstep. He builds loops which reflect the recent influences but can’t seem to move the composition along, in some fundamental way cannot relate to his own work. Perhaps our struggling composer has temporarily forgotten that he spent 25 years of his life struggling to achieve an ideal sound on an acoustic instrument and to deliver a beautiful, sustained line. These traditional notions of sonic beauty and classical line are not necessarily at the top of the electronica genre priority list. Nevertheless, some magic occurs when the classically grounded musician applies some of these traditional notions of beauty and line to the new style. Now she has stretched her creative soul into a new space – reaffirming her own essential artistic values even as she embraces new, less familiar forms.
The pressure to create in genres which are current, which have some popular following, is a good thing. It keeps art out of ivory towers. And most of us, also, are not satisfied to work in a vacuum – we want to share, to recognize and be recognized. These pressures to stay current and achieve recognition can disengage us temporarily from our creative foundations – the very foundations which truly give us a chance to succeed in new genres and win acclaim for synthesizing something new and something old in a way never done before.
Stay true to yourself as you expand your horizons. What makes your work unique and great and powerful is your synthesis of what is you with what is around you.