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Marshall Vandruff

Found this interesting piece by Marshall Vandruff where he outlines some ideas about creativity. I especially like the third point, about finding your own ‘voice’.

1-Find how things are similar using metaphor. For example:
A little boy is a monkey.
Apartments are filing cabinets for people.
Fireworks are dandelions.

2-Find things that are different using opposites. For example:
The smoothness of a woman’s skin placed next to the scaliness of an alligator.
The chaos of a crowd placed next to the order of columns on a Greek building.
The bright colors of a rainbow hoovering over a dark and shadowed valley.

3-The more creativity feels like recess, the more likely you will do it well. For
example, if you want to create detailed paintings that are as real as your own flesh, but you cannot sit still for a minute, it will seem like torture for you to create this kind of slow and carefully rendered art. If you find a way to create to fit your jumpy, quick nature, you will love, do it all the time, and eventually become great at it.

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Typnig errors . . .

For those of you who quite understandably don’t recognise the hunter with binoculars, that phrase should read: ‘hunt and peck’ usually ‘ . . . and miss’ . . . . well,  it was early in the day . . . .

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My conversation with Don Van Vliet . . . the good Captain is dead.

Don Van Vliet a.k.a. Captain Beefheart – – January 15, 1941 – December 17, 2010

I once had a conversation with the good Captain. Someone in the band pointed out the fact that sitting at the back of the venue where we were playing – The Speakeasy, (just off London’s Oxford Street) was THE MAN himself.

After the gig, as we were loading the Transit, he stepped in a somewhat ‘tired and emotional’ manner over the gear and muttered, “Nice band.”

I said, “Thank you.”

I think that constitutes a conversation.

Goodbye, Don . . . .

 

Have a listen to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MnQx80nS9U

“Once you’ve heard Beefheart, it’s hard to wash him out of your clothes.” – Tom Waits

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Only in Italy

The morning after  my ‘First post therapy gig’ fiasco the main/only topic of conversation in the bar was the chaos created by the heavy snowfall. Italy and the rest of Europe had ground to a halt. On the Firenze-Bologna autostrada there were people stuck in their trucks and cars for up to 17 hours. However one truck driver who was carrying Prosecco and Panettone, a very traditional Xmas combination; sparkling wine and cake. He decided that he needed to eat and drink and shared his cargo with others stuck in the same snowbound situation!

I think us Brits would have starved to death, whereas this enterprising Italian simply made the best of the situation. Excellent!