“From your head, for your heart…” (Author's Notes)

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I’ve always firmly believed that all art comes from the same place, whether an artist has the capacity for one form or many. There’s this deep, subconscious yearning to create within artists of all types that no-one can really explain. In my experience, it’s something that just hits you at some point in your life and, if all the variables fall in line, guides you until the day you die.

When I was a very small child, I remember watching my older brother draw and being astounded by it, so I started mimicking him until I hit his level, then veered off onto my own course. A handful of years later, I heard Tom Petty, fell in love with what he did, and started trying to write songs. From that, I taught myself to play a number of instruments until I found what I needed to make real songs of my own, which I’ve done ever since. Same thing with story telling. I’ve always been a great admirer of fiction from all walks, and as such began telling stories to amuse myself, my family, and friends.

With each of those creative endeavors, I’ve had a fruitful affair, and these days, I’m using all of those skills in one, unified fashion.

As I’ve grown, I’ve met and befriended - or at least become aware of - many other creative people, and each of the best of them is skilled at more than one art form. The one thing those people have over the ones that only stick to one thing? Drive. They have the drive to learn, the drive to practice, and the drive to succeed (if only personally). They have a kind of passion that sets them apart even from other creative people. They’re tapped into whatever that creative wellspring is, and they’re perpetually thirsty for it.

It’s one of the reasons I get bummed out when I hear people complain about a actor releasing an album, a musician releasing a comic book, an artist directing a movie, or some other seemingly random combination of things. It bums me out because those people have a real passion for creation, but most people are so myopic in their perception that they just don’t get it. They don’t understand why someone who is already immensely successful in one creative arena would jump headlong into another one in such a way.

A truly creative individual, no matter where they lean most, will refuse to be bridled to only one thing by default, and I think that’s kind of a beautiful thing.

Originally posted June 15th, 2017 via Tumblr.