Head in the Clouds
I’m trying something new. I’m trying to add a new piece every chance I can. If for no other reason to motivate me to use my creative brain again. I have been putting on Les Baxter, and letting my self just go with it. It’s not easy. As professionals, we are told that it must have purpose – there must be a point. However, as I get older and see life more askew than when I was younger I realize that sometimes things just need to be. There’s no point. No rhyme. No reason. Just this artifact simply existing because I want it to.
That’s not to say that ultimately the piece does not have purpose. By wanting it to exist, I injected purpose into the piece. What I did not do is fill the piece with a contrived, manipulated meaning. I let its purpose be defined by the act of making it. From there I can move on to the next piece (which incidentally does have a purpose for me).
In this day of instantaneous messaging, many to many communication, social marketing noise, it is easy to forget that not everything that appears on our screen has a message. It is easy to forget that we need to just enjoy some things for what they are – simply being created.
It’s important that each moment need not be a purpose driven moment. We need to, on occasion, follow the flow of the river for no other reason than the direction it is flowing. We need to walk with our heads in the clouds. It is important for our sanity.