Too many things in life distract us from tapping into what makes us happy. I’m not saying this as an excuse. I’m saying this because this is what I truly believe. For me, it began right around second or third grade when the idea of splattering some paint on a canvas or making a funky-fun noise turned into something that ‘had to wait’ – in kindergarten, I did stuff like that in a split-second…without any worries or fear of fingers pointing at me.
And why would I…?…come to think of it, why would anyone? We were discovering, learning, stumbling and enjoying life! In between then and now, we got schooled on being a ‘grown up’ – responsibilities, taxes, bills, etc. They all get in the way of that five-year old that would create something entirely unique or blurt out some random noise that *sounded* great.
It’s hard to tap into that kindergarten psyche. Some people get those moments of inspiration from nature, paintings, cities, actions and yes……music. It is with this in mind that I’d like to share with you some songs that have helped me recently get to that little kid that made sure to wear his favorite green Kawasaki t-shirt on his inaugural day of first grade – just because of the way it made him feel:
- Jill Scott – Hate on Me
- Big Damn Band – Two Bottles of Wine
- The Heavy – Not That Kind of Man
- Scissor Sisters – Take Your Momma
- Perry Farrell – Song Yet to Be Sung
Some inspiration came from the songs themselves… some came from the videos…some came from both. But music has often worked in helping me step outside of myself to just enjoy the moment…which has, ultimately, given me a breather from life and some quality time with my creativity. Doing this has helped me for years.
I kid you not.
It has helped me with things like finding a solution to client issues much quicker, drafting up a much stronger press release and whipping up a pitch letter with alot more ‘umph.’ It works. I have found that when you just push away from your work for some time (be it five minutes or even five days), it gives you a chance to soak in some outside perspective – it could be a conversation with your favorite aunt, a quick game of Donkey Kong, a jam session on Wii Rock Band, whatever. You will inadvertently use this outside influence in your work…for the better.
What helps you tap into your Kinder-Psyche…?