From the Desk Remix! – Play What You Want To Play!

One of the best YouTube channels I've discovered recently is Rick Beato. Rick is a musician and producer and an absolute master of his craft. I started watching his 'What Makes This Song Great?' videos, where he takes individual songs and breaks them down musically, in performance, and in production. When I saw he had… Continue reading From the Desk Remix! – Play What You Want To Play!

From the Desk, Remix! – Culture Former or Culture Formed?

Culture former or culture formed? As individuals, and especially as creatives, we are a part of the prevailing culture. But I was struck by a question today of how much we have been formed by the culture we are in? Another way we could look at this is by reframing the question - culture consumer… Continue reading From the Desk, Remix! – Culture Former or Culture Formed?

From the Desk Remix! – Ignore the Noise.

Ignore the noise. The first thing to do is work out what your 'noise' is. So what is the 'noise'? The 'noise' maybe different for each one of us. To be the most creative you can be, you might need silence. I need music. My first completed novel was written to an Ellie Goulding album… Continue reading From the Desk Remix! – Ignore the Noise.

Daily Verse – Father, Potter, Handiwork.

Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8 NIVUK This verse reminds the original hearer's of Isaiah's prophetic words of their origin stories. The Lord - God - is our father - ab - principal or chief. It was… Continue reading Daily Verse – Father, Potter, Handiwork.

From the Desk Remix! The One Thing.

I've been thinking a lot recently about the 'one thing'. There is so much advice out there telling us to focus on one thing and become a master of it - this is the path of the successful. There is no shortage of examples to prove this 'rule'. But what if your creativity takes you… Continue reading From the Desk Remix! The One Thing.

From the Desk Remix! – Lots of Fish but only One Shark.

I think being creative is often the easiest part. Generally, I have no shortage of ideas and inspiration, whether it is writing or art. The problem comes in that they are often like a shoal of fish and I am in the middle of them. Even sharks find grabbing hold of just one of those… Continue reading From the Desk Remix! – Lots of Fish but only One Shark.

From the Desk Remix! – Information Overload and Lettuce!

Information overload. We are living in an environment of information ubiquity, which is at times amazing. At other times, it can be a problem. Too much of a good thing turns out not to be good for us. Consider this - how many doughnuts is too many? You are correct, no amount of doughnuts is… Continue reading From the Desk Remix! – Information Overload and Lettuce!

From the Desk Remix! – Bach and Creativity.

Earlier this evening I was watching an online concert (if the link becomes available I will post it!) focusing on J.S. Bach. Johann Sebastian Bach has been one of my musical/creative heroes ever since I bought a cassette tape (you may have to search-engine that, depending on your age!) of his Concertos for Two Harpsichords.… Continue reading From the Desk Remix! – Bach and Creativity.

From the Desk Remix! – 4 Billion Bits!

The weather summary for today - It rained. It stopped raining. It rained. It stopped raining. It rained . . . Our brains like to sift things into easy categories. It makes sense. It is like a type of short hand. Have you tried to write down notes on a webinar, zoom meeting, or at… Continue reading From the Desk Remix! – 4 Billion Bits!

Daily Verse – Under to be Up!

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6 NIVUK Action and Timing. The secret sauce for many things. Our society definitely has an action-based mantra. Production is easier in many respects than it has ever been, even within the creative sector. Keep striving and… Continue reading Daily Verse – Under to be Up!