Music is creativity in the air. It surrounds us like a second aural skin. We desire the beat of its crashing waves of energetic sound and the calming strokes of its softly undulating tones and rhythms.
Music mirrors our lives: it has a beginning and an end; it quickly shifts from mood to mood; it is fast and slow; has highs and lows; it works itself out as it flows along. Sometimes we can hear it struggling with problems that are set deep within its beating heart.
If we open our ears and minds music can offer us much: we can share in its creativity and apply its logic; we can benefit from its disciplines; we can experience thoughts and emotions not easily expressed by words; we can learn valuable lessons from those that practise, perform and compose it.
This blog will explore music’s rich seams of creative practice. It will explore how their underlying principles can be applied to our daily lives and work, how developing a sixth ‘musical’ sense can help strengthen our creativity and open our minds towards innovation.
Much earlier in my life I studied music, specifically composition, trumpet and piano - pretty much in that order it has to be said. Now, as a management consultant and trainer with a strong interest in creative thinking and problem solving, I am keen to see what happens when I merge my two passions.
What can the creative practices of music and musicians teach us about being creative in our thinking and actions?
Over the past years I have done quite a bit of thinking about this. You can view the results as this blog develops.