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! – 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.

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! – 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.

Daily Verse – Struggle.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 NIVUK In this verse the Apostle Paul is teaching, and reminding, believers that our world and lives are more… Continue reading Daily Verse – Struggle.

Daily Verse – Gladness and Singing.

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Psalms 100:2 NIVUK The Hebrew word translated here as ‘worship’ - ‘iḇ·ḏū - is more correctly ‘to serve’ - to be linked together in a close bond. We are to be bonded to serve God with gladness - bə·śim·ḥāh - with pleasure, rejoicing, joyfulness. King… Continue reading Daily Verse – Gladness and Singing.

Busy = Lose + Heart.

In Japanese writing the character for 'busy' includes the characters for 'lose' and 'heart'. To be busy is literally to lose heart. In western society busy has come to mean working hard, becoming successful, going places. Busy also means stressed, rushed, no time to think. For creative people 'busy' can still mean working in our… Continue reading Busy = Lose + Heart.

Creative Mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the new mantra covering a lot of areas from simple meditation to a mental health checklist. Some meditation and mindfulness techniques exhort you to think of 'nothing'. Hit the eco-setting, dim the screen, go to a blank screen rather than screensaver. If you are a creative then this is probably impossible. If you… Continue reading Creative Mindfulness.

Daily Verse – 1 Peter 4:10

https://my.bible.com/en-GB/bible/113/1PE.4.10.NIVUK Interestingly in the Greek Interlinear text of this passage, the phrase 'from his great variety of spiritual gifts' does not appear. This is clearly an addition by the translators to further inform on the meaning of the passage. The more straight forward Interlinear '(as) each has received a gift' is much more inclusive than… Continue reading Daily Verse – 1 Peter 4:10

What Would You Do With 47% Extra Time?

A study, led by Harvard, claims that an average 'knowledge' worker works in a state of distraction for 47% of their time. Flip this around. By being more focused they could accomplish the same amount of work in half the time. Or potentially double their output. Just because we are 'creatives' it doesn't mean we… Continue reading What Would You Do With 47% Extra Time?