Lolita was always a bit of a control freak. After all, she comes from good German stock, which assigns no small amount of value to order, system, consistency and discipline.
Needless to say, Lolita brings this passion for order, good planning, a systematic approach to work and life, into her creative process. In the early stages of a new project, our beloved Composer of Music for Art spends a great deal of time thinking about what she wants to create, what she wants to express, how the finished product will sound, and what visual art the finished product will accompany.
All this pre-game is very much for the good. When Lolita gets down to the brass tacks of defining, developing, combining musical elements – she is working off of a strong conceptual foundation. This clarity of concept nurtures a strong creative flow in the initial execution stages. Choices for scales, harmonies, instruments, tempos, all flow steadily. There is not a lot of second guessing.
But something disconcerting often occurs when Lolita starts bringing elements together. The results are not altogether what she intends – sometimes in fact very much unintended. Have you ever experienced this? You start off trying for one thing, and get something very different? Even if that very different something is pretty cool – there can still be a sense of frustration that we wandered off track somehow. There can be a sense of lost control, which for our Girl, at least, can be disconcerting. And certainly if we are commissioned to write an uplifting fanfare and we come up with a funeral dirge – we may need to return to the drawing board to achieve product that meets client requirements. On the other hand, we might recognize, should recognize, that unexpectedly, we came up with a truly magnificent funeral dirge!
What occurred to transform intended fanfare into funeral dirge ? Part of the answer might relate to the notion that we are not alone in this creative process. We have a Creative Partner. As artists we have the unique ability to channel G-d’s Creative Energy through us. These are moments of self-nullification. We abdicate perceived or actual control over our work, and allow for spontaneity to drive us in potentially unexpected directions. Spontaneity is in effect letting the Creator take the driver’s seat. We become the vehicle rather than the driver.
In the early years Lolita was somewhat resistant to this natural experience of the artist during creative work. But with Deuce’s spiritual guidance and
encouragement, Lolita has loosened up quite a bit, and the Creative Energy, her spontaneity in creative work, is a powerful ingredient in bringing projects to successful, if unexpected, conclusions.
Lolita hopes that you will continue to discover and value this gift of spontaneity, this ability to channel the Creator’s energy through you during your creative process. She wants to assure you that your careful planning, your daily discipline, continues to be your foundation, what enables you to reach these higher experiential levels in your work.
And she blesses you (as does Deuce) for a New Year filled with good work, sharing, much deserved recognition, financial reward, and love.