The Logical Way to Rediscover Your Creativity
In today’s Music Lesson, we want to look at Supertramp’s The Logical Song. It’s about a young adult looking back on his life. He’s lost and he’s trying to understand why. What led him here?
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Learning too much
His education taught him to be “intellectual, cynical”.
And he learned. So well, in fact, that he lost himself. “Please tell me who I am,” he says.
In the process, he became cynical. A certain amount of skepticism is healthy. When it crosses that fine line and turns into cynicism, it’s unhealthy.
Learning the wrong lesson
He says, “Watch what you say or they’ll be calling you a radical, liberal, fanatical, criminal. Won’t you sign up your name? We’d like to feel you’re acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable.”
We wonder … does that mean he’s a couch potato?
Bigg success is life on your own terms. However, the young man in this song has learned that the world doesn’t want you to live your life on your own terms.
Go along to get along.
That’s what we’re taught to do. We’re supposed to fall in line. We’re not supposed to think for ourselves. We shouldn’t be too “out there”. Don’t get “too creative.”
The logical end of creativity
We saw a great article on creativity from Scientific American Mind. In the article, the question was asked, “Why do so few people express creativity?”
Check out the answer by one of the experts:
He said that we “all express creativity when we’re young. But by the end of the first grade, very few of us do so.”
That’s what made us think of The Logical Song in the first place. Can you hear it …
“But then they sent me away to teach me how to be sensible, logical, responsible, practical.”
The expert in the article said the reason we lose our creativity is because of socialization. We learn to “stay on task.” We’re told to “stop daydreaming.” “Stop asking silly questions.” The result:
“… the expression of new ideas is largely shut down.”
2 keys to rediscover your creativity and reconnect with yourself
- Reconnect with your youth
“When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful, a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.”
Reconnect to your youth to rediscover your creativity. Think about another song – Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”.
See the wonder in the world. See the miracles around you. See the beauty that is ever present. See the magic as it happens.
View the world like a kid again and marvel.
- Reconnect to nature
“And all the birds in the trees, well they’d be singing so happily, joyfully, playfully, watching me.”
The first thing that jumped out at us was the very first word – “And”.
This second way to reconnect with yourself and your creativity is an extension of the first way. We must first get in touch with our child-like nature; then we can reconnect with nature.
Connect with nature personally. The young man in the song doesn’t just marvel at the birds singing. He hears them singing to him!
Of course, he turned into a radical!
Experts say creativity will be an increasingly valuable skill in the years ahead. There are a lot of opportunities to create the life you dream of living. Rediscover your creativity for bigg success!
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