Friday, 18 January 2013

Stay with it

The main theme of the 1st movement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto is an eloquently long phrase that seems to last and last. As it progresses it seems to come to life, slowly growing, maturing and blossoming and then very, very gradually resigning itself to its eventual, gently quietening conclusion.

By staying with his initial idea and allowing his mind to accompany it along its path, developing it in an unhurried and natural way, Elgar achieves what all great composers are capable of: he realises the innate potential of his idea. He is then able to use it as the foundation of a fully worked out and extended piece of music.

Often, we think of very good initial ideas but then, for one reason or another, we fail to stay with them, to give them the time and attention they need in order to be fully explored and for their potential to be realised.

The next time you have a new idea imagine yourself helping it to grow. Travel with it along its lifeline at its own natural pace. Watch it develop and gently encourage it to blossom. Once it has blossomed do not be too quick to assume that you have realised its full potential. Continue to nurture it for as long as possible. You may then find that previously hidden benefits accrue, not only as the blossoming continues but also as it begins to fade. Previously unappreciated thoughts that have been supporting the flowering idea may, like leaves in autumn, begin to present new hues, patterns and perspectives that add unexpected insights and value. Or perhaps random offshoots previously obscured by the blossoming of your idea will come more clearly into view.

Stay with and nurture your ideas from their beginnings to their apparent endings and you will find that they repay you tenfold with the immense power of their fully realised potential.

When writing, I find the longer I travel with my ideas, cultivating and developing them along the way, the richer they become and the greater the variety of valuable offshoots I discover. My writing about creativity is an example. What began as a small section of an article describing aural intelligence and how it can be used to develop creative thinking has now become a lifelong exploration of music’s creative principles and how they can help everyone enhance their creativity.

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