“‘I don’t search, I find,’ said Picasso, commenting on the fact that, for him at least, creativity was not a lengthy process of trial and error but the discovery of a hidden reality tucked away in the immediacy of the here and now.” Veronique Vienne
I love this notion of setting out to unveil a hidden reality.
Often I try to uncover what is going on within me at a deeper level. Sometimes I discover a hidden reality while talking through things with a trusted friend. Other times journaling helps me see in black and white the things previously swirling in my head.
When I can’t find the words to give expression to what is within me, I turn to music: listening, playing and creating.
Often when I am grappling with things I sit down at the piano to express what I am feeling inside. Once I have a few rough ideas, I record the melody on my phone. Sometimes when I play the new melody back, I find myself crying.
In the creative expression of my piano musings, hidden realities are unveiled.
The songs I compose speak first and foremost to me, they set my heart free.
“You, too, can play it by ear: All you have to do is listen. Spontaneity springs from a quiet place deep inside yourself, and if you pay attention, you can find its source.” Veronique Vienne