The inner-ear of the artist

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People who create great art are incredible listeners.


They’ve removed all static between their sense perception (their physical art, be it songwriting, drawing, coding, etc.) and the creative voice that lurks deep in their soul.

Right now, I’m finding inspiration in great orators and people with a dynamic, genuine stage presence because… well… I’m terrified of the stage, but I know it’s something I must overcome.

What strikes me about these people is how clear they come through without sounding scripted. Their thoughts are COMING TO THEM crystal clear. They’re at the point where all they have to do is say what they’re ‘hearing’ to the audience.

If this message from the great unknown was clouded by their small, fearful, egoic thoughts (“Do I look good?” “How’s my posture?” “Am I sweating?” “Why isn’t that guy listening to me?” “What can I say to REALLY knock their socks off?” etc.), they’d immediately lose connection with the audience.

Think of how often we do this kind of pep-talking to ourselves. Even if we’re ‘quiet people’, our smaller minds are constantly in blabbermouth mode.

Maybe a worthy exercise is to follow the routines of great creatives who’ve come before us and take a walk down a country road, a run through some mountains, or a seat along the shores of a small pond in Massachusetts.

Anything to quiet our rampant monkey minds so we can listen to that ever-present voice that speaks softly but powerfully behind the fuzzy signal of our inner dialogue.

Are you listening? What’s it saying?


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