Lately I’ve been slightly obsessed with Melbourne musician Gotye. It always surprises me (still?) how exposure to creative work by talented people births fresh ideas and flurries of quality activity in myself. I wonder why this happens…it’s like the germs of creation rub off if you get close.
Over the past week I have watched everything I could find by Gotye on Youtube (and liked/loved all of it), and even every interview with him. I especially enjoyed this revealing ten minute mini-documentary of the making of his most recent album, Making Mirrors:
I was thrilled to see the similarities between his musical method and the free-writing methods I use and teach. The results are often surprising. Tangential. Like the writing I like best (my own and others’). You can’t make this stuff up by effort. You have to kind of moodle and explore, and let things rub off on you without judging them. If you watch the documentary you might also like to check this out, State of the Art, a song from his album that you will recognise bits of from the documentary.
I’m so inspired at the moment, the writing is flowing and lively and visual. Thank you, creative people out there, including Gotye, who keep on working and exploring and making the world a brighter more soulful place for the rest of us!