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Sleep and Creativity

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. As a lifelong insomniac, I looked forward to reading Benjamin Reiss' 2017 book Wild Nights: How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World. I wasn't disappointed. Wild Nights is not a book about how to get a better night's sleep. Instead, it's a cultural study of the history of…

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Adaptive Thinking

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. Talk about creativity. Lately there seems to be a tidal wave of people changing their minds. Some of the same people who compared President Barack Obama to Hitler by way of opposition are now of the opinion that maybe Hitler wasn't such a bad guy, after all. People…

Men dressed in drag and heavy makeup for Pride parade in St. Petersburg Florida

Is Anyone Watching? Should You Care?

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure We've all heard the phrase “Dance like nobody's watching.” It shows up in Facebook memes and on motivational posters. It has been credited to a variety of sources, including Mark Twain (it doesn't sound to me like something Twain would have said). The website Quote Investigator has an…

Dome of Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal in Montreal, Canada

Craft vs. Attitude

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. In a previous post I mentioned the book Conversations with Charlie Haden, a series of interviews with the great musician conducted by Josef Woodard. Haden had a long working relationship with another legendary musician, Pat Metheny, and Metheny participates in one of the interviews in the book. In…

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Creativity is People!

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. If you're not familiar with the inspiration for the title of this blog post, please enjoy Charlton Heston's reaction when he learned that people are an essential part of the diet of the future: Clearly, I'm not here to advocate cannibalism. But I am here with a reminder…

Elvis Presley compact disc recording "Memories: The 68 Comeback Special"

Creative Comebacks

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. I recently came across a compact disc recording of Elvis Presley's comeback special (officially titled "Singer Presents...Elvis!") that aired on NBC in December, 1968. Presley hadn't performed before a live audience in years. It was a dramatic example of a career comeback that, for a few years at…

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Schedule Some Rejection

Welcome back to the Creative Life Adventure. I've been reading a history of western classical music recently. In a chapter on Johannes Brahms, I found this passage very interesting. It's from an 1859 letter Brahms wrote to his friend, violinist Joseph Joachim, following one of the early performances of Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1 in…