I believe that we all have the potential for creativity. As children, we are encouraged to explore all of the realms of our imagination and develop our talents. As we grow older though, these creative urges are sometimes repressed by feelings of “I’m not good enough.”
Imagine if some of the most widely respected creative geniuses in history had listened to this negative, nagging voice? The world would be a very boring planet! Here are five very different facets of creativity that have brought smiles to those who have understood.
Frank Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993)
An American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, jazz orchestral and musique concrete works. He also directed feature-length films and videos and designed album covers.
He was a self-taught musician who never did drugs or alcohol. He also produced nearly all of the 60 albums he created with his band, “The Mothers of Invention.” Check out any of his work sometime and while you might not understand or like it, it is undeniable that this man was a creative genius.
Pablo Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973)
Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, print maker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright who spent most of his adult life in France. As one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the “Cubist” movement, the invention of “constructed sculpture,” the co-invention of “Collage” and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore.
“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”
This is the longest major poem by the English poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, written 1797-1798.
It is considered a signal shift to modern poetry and the beginning of British Romantic Literature. It was written in an “archaic style” and criticized for being obscure and difficult to read upon it’s release.
If you have ever attempted to read it, I know it took you more than two times to get it. C’mon…be honest…?
But if you have ever heard the expression, “Albatross around one’s neck,” now you know where it came from.
Obviously, the band, “Iron Maiden” thought it was pretty cool…
Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959)
An American architect, interior designer, writer, and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Wright believed in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called “Organic Architecture.”
Joe is a musician, writer, actor, juggler etc. He is one of the most creative guys I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. While some might consider him slightly eccentric, I consider him “My brother from another mother.” Originally from the lower East side of Manhatten, NY, he now resides on America’s West Coast.
Joe to me, is a great example of an everyday dude that has never been afraid to express himself in whatever fashion pleases him, regardless of what the “critics” may say. While he obviously isn’t as well known as some of these other examples, he should serve as inspiration to those of us who are yearning to release our creative desires.
“Don’t be afraid, never give up your dreams, and let your freak flag fly high!”
Here is a small clip of Joe and his friend Lynn Halstead from “Jonestown Media Productions.” Enjoy!