will they look back to the past and know what they’ve missed?
Will they think we had it better than the way they have it then?
Will they gaze at a strip mall where a field had once been?
Will they think they’re born late like the way we now do it?
Or will they curse at the present and lend credence to it?
Will they hear all the old songs and think they’re all true
and hate all their own songs and everything new?
Well I’m here to tell you something that’s known,
from someone who’s lived it from someone who’s grown,
the somebody who somebody once loaned a home to.
The grass is always greener, the past is always cleaner,
the present is crap and everyone’s meaner.
They say we’re moving towards something
but I think we’re moving from something.
There are some folks who are more apathetic
and then there are some folks who are more money grubbin’.
Well, I know there’s always been greed and green acres,
and war and peace makers.
And then there’s your takers and your leavers,
your havers and your needers.
And in this great froth as we skim through the batter,
there’s now many more of the former and less of the latter.
Help us climb out of this pitfall disaster
led by dynasties, charlatans, but not poetasters.
Where there is a mortal disconnect spawned by gluttonous connection,
where you pick your own culture without viewer discretion.
Where there is no more history and nothing is learned.
Where you shun all your kin and all your bridges are burned.
Where you are what you buy and you’re who what you own;
and you think of yourself and you live all alone.
You make yourself feel fine when everything’s wrong.
The world keeps turning but you’re brittle as bone.
So to all you future dreamers and lovers and leavers,
to all those who know there’s still something between us that binds us
and reminds us of times that passed,
I appreciate you listening to this one man’s last gas.
In spite of all the words that we can’t fit to song,
I’d thank you to take off your eye shades, please… sing along.
alatchaw asked - What’s it like to have made more songs than you can remember? Or do you remember them all?
TMBG Responded -
Oh I can not remember them all! Sometimes I am surprised at how complete or how vibey something that we spent only a bit of time putting together comes across. I wish I had a better memory—but I can barely remember my phone number let along a bazillin songs. That’s why we need rehearsal!”
A recent exploratory google search took me on a journey for “creativity building exercises”.
Of all the exercises I looked through the “Out of the Box” thinking came up the most, but the exercise at RousingYourMuse was the most interesting and was actually in a box. It suggests the following
“Get yourself a box and stand in it, just the way you are, the way you think now, the way you look at the world now. Let a few minutes pass. Then take a deep breath and step out of the box leaving all your restraints and constricting ideals behind. Open yourself to a whole new way of seeing, feeling, tasting and sensing the world. You’re free; you are out of the box. You did it. Nothing is beyond your reach.
You can’t tell me that if you did this exercise that it didn’t have some kind of impact on you. Most of you didn’t get up the gumption to do it in the first place, especially in front of anybody, which I didn’t mention. Most of you thought “That is dumb. I’m not getting in and out of some idiot box.”
But that was the point. So many of our ideas are squashed because we think they’re stupid, because we think others will think they are stupid and conclude we are stupid. And we fear looking stupid.”
It’s incredibly true. Creativity comes from the suspension of convention, the suspension of normalcy and the exploration of the illogical. Most ideas never bloom because we simply limit their possibility. Being creative means seeing beyond the rules and conventions of society. Seeing what is unseen to conventional eyes allows the innovator/creator to present something different or useful to the society that cannot see it.
The second activity was www.lumosity.com this website is host to different “mental exercises” that claim to improve cognition, response time, problem solving and creativity. The smarties at Lumosity offer free trials of the exercises and then create a competitive ranking for paying users. One of the games called “Color Match” shows you different colors spelled out that are colored differently than their respective color. Here the purpose is to suspend belief about what is being seen long enough to identify the actual color of a word rather than the word (or symbols) for the color. This notion seems to reappear frequently, identifying details within the act of identifying. Thinking creatively seems to revolve around expanding all sensory perception beyond what is known/conventional and finding things that are interesting/unconventional within those things or, imaging something entirely unknown.
It seems the benefits of creative/innovative thinking are limitless. The age old example of the “pet rock” while seemingly useless, have practical applications and meaning to those beyond conventional thinking, how else would Gary Dahl have made millions in a matter of months on nothing more than a box with hay and a rock in it. Ironically, Credit Card Pundit blog lists this invention as number one of the “Top Ten Dumb Ideas that made A Lot of Money”. This seems to be the very thinking that makes creativity profitable, so long as the mass of general consumer’s views thinking unconventionally as “dumb” then there will be money to be made in the unseen. This is why arts survive, this is why marketing exists and why things that don’t seem like they have use (like pet rocks) make $.
All hail the unconventional.