“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity,” Albert Einstein. This “holy curiosity” might have killed the cat, but it is the very fiber of creative musicians.
There are two kinds of people in this world – those that ask the questions and the people that ask them to stop. For those of you frustrated with people whose minds never turn off and those that can’t help but ask questions, you must understand the internal make-up of an artist. The mind of a creative individual never stops processing the layers of his or her reality. This incessant analysis of life enables writers, musicians, songwriters, and vocalists to process emotions, circumstances, and consequences so as to integrate the results of this dissection into their craft.
The process of asking questions and wanting to know the background story makes artists students of humanity and the human experience. The heartfelt songs, extravagant paintings, vocal runs, instrumental breaks, and sweeping novels created by artists is a temporary end result to the vigorous digestion of life. This is a temporary end only because life is ever changing and always open for evaluation. This evaluation develops a deeper sense of empathy for others and a greater knowledge of an individual’s intent. When an artist knows this, their artistic product is more realistic, honest, and believable.
The curiosity of an artist is evident in all aspects of life. It makes them consumers of various kinds of music, food, movies, and social situations just to name a few. Often times musicians can learn new instruments to keep their skills up and satisfy their need to expand their abilities. Gary Ewer says this about curiosity, “Curiosity means trying to learn new ways of making music. If you’re a guitarist, find a new instrument. A current hit on Billboard, “Hey, Soul Sister,” by Train, features a ukelele. Who’d ever have believed we’d hear a ukelele in the top 10? The great thing about different instruments is that each instrument creates, in a natural sort of way, its own contours and shapes that define it. So simply learning a new instrument can alter your songs in a very positive way.”
Read the conclusion in part 2