What sparks your creative process? Is it the sound of rain falling outside your window? Perhaps it is a cup of tea and no sound at all. Well people are out there trying to determine what can spark the brain to actually be more creative. By opening up the mind to further creative thought, we are able to grasp more complex ideas as well as for the artist mind, we are able to produce works that have never been thought of before.
Hearing specialist and sax player Charles J. Limb says “that studying the brain during flights of improvisation may provide new understanding of creativity—as well as insight into the musical genius of John Coltrane.” Georgia Tech’s Parag Chordia believes music is a universal part of human culture, and his research shows music education can inspire greater interest in math, physics, and computer science.
Music is always playing when I am in my sewing room and looking for inspiration. It calms me allows me to think in a more free-flowing way. And my music choices also depend on what I am trying to make. For instance, when I am creating my daughter’s yearly Halloween costume, I always love Bowie. However when I need to settle into my sewing room and produce items for my shops, I need to be relaxed and enjoy my surroundings. Adele is softly playing in the background, candles are filling the room with the sweet smells of my wild thoughts, and the steady beat of my sewing machine fills my mind with possibility. Now that Christmas is right around the corner, I am happy to listen to all of the new covers of classic Christmas tunes.
What are you listening to?
( reposted from May 17, 2011)
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