May 20, 2012

Creative communities inspire respect

Music Sunday at Experience Optimism gives me the opportunity to listen to new songs, revisit old favorites, and often, like today, recognize the creativity of artists.

Today's song "Somebody that I Used to Know," by Gotye has received an interesting cover from the group Walk Off the Earth. Five musicians playing one guitar is well worth the view, plus the vocals are spot on as well.  I watched the original, but much preferred the five solemn faces with the eerie melody to the ephemeral body painting of Gotye and Kimbra.

Interpretations can be so personal for they evoke memories, arouse old feelings or desires and sometimes inspire us to reach for something that before may have been out of our reach.  Living within a creative community inspires more creativity and optimism - the willingness to try.

Creative communities also inspire respect. When we accept that there are many ways to look at a piece of art, interpret a story, sing a song, or design a building, among other things, we demonstrate kindness and love.
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