Creativity

Creativity

“A creative artist works on his next composition because he was not satisfied with the previous one”
Dmitri Shostakovich

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Positively Bob Dylan

It’s exam time! Hence the lack of posts recently.

After four hours of law today and a lot of stress over the past few weeks this song seems to sum everything up perfectly.

Bob Dylan – Positively 4th Street

The song which captures your every emotion.

You got a lotta nerve
To say you are my friend
When I was down
You just stood there grinning

You got a lotta nerve
To say you gota helping hand to lend
You just want to be on
The side that’s winning

You say I let you down
You know it’s not like that
If you’re so hurt
Why then don’t you show it

You say you lost your faith
But that’s not where it’s at
You had no faith to lose
And you know it

I know the reason
That you talk behind my back
I used to be among the crowd
You’re in with

Do you take me for such a fool
To think I’d make contact
With the one who tries to hide
What he don’t know to begin with

You see me on the street
You always act surprised
You say, “How are you?” “Good luck”
But you don’t mean it

When you know as well as me
You’d rather see me paralyzed
Why don’t you just come out once
And scream it

No, I do not feel that good
When I see the heartbreaks you embrace
If I was a master thief
Perhaps I’d rob them

And now I know you’re dissatisfied
With your position and your place
Don’t you understand
It’s not my problem

I wish that for just one time
You could stand inside my shoes
And just for that one moment
I could be you

Yes, I wish that for just one time
You could stand inside my shoes
You’d know what a drag it is
To see you

Music is my Wonderwall

Song writing always seems impressive and admirable and damn near impossible to do in my eyes.

How can those people get pen and paper and write something that moves millions of people to tears, fills them with joy or make them remember a moment from their past?

Then you realise, song writing is just poetry with a tune.

I’m no Bob Dylan or John Lennon but I can appreciate amazing lyrics and music as much as the next person but I want to be able to understand every aspect of music because, beside writing, it really is the *insert cliche comment* to me.

Until I have a sudden creative blast I’ll leave the musicians to do their musical stuff and I’ll just write some blogs about them.

I’ve had this song on repeat all day, getting me through hard essay writing times.

Today is gonna be the day
That they’re gonna throw it back to you
By now you should’ve somehow
Realized what you gotta do
I don’t believe that anybody
Feels the way I do, about you now

Back beat, the word was on the street
That the fire in your heart is out
I’m sure you’ve heard it all before
But you never really had a doubt
I don’t believe that anybody
Feels the way I do about you now

And all the roads we have to walk are winding
And all the lights that lead us there are blinding
There are many things that I
Would like to say to you but I don’t know how

Because maybe, you’re gonna be the one that saves me
And after all, you’re my wonderwall

Today was gonna be the day
But they’ll never throw it back to you
By now you should’ve somehow
Realized what you’re not to do
I don’t believe that anybody
Feels the way I do, about you now

And all the roads that lead you there are winding
And all the lights that light the way are blinding
There are many things that I
Would like to say to you but I don’t know how

[Repeat x2]
I said maybe, you’re gonna be the one that saves me
And after all, you’re my wonderwall

Chuck Ragan: Music Defined

What is real music?

Everyone has their own opinion.

In my humble opinion folk rocker (when did that become a genre?) Chuck Ragan really is the definition of real music.

Chuck Ragan, one in a million

Chuck Ragan, one in a million

Starting off his career in Hot Water Music in 1993 Ragan was a real punk rocker but after the band separated, on good terms, in 2006 Ragan has went on to release multiple solo albums.

To be honest, they don’t make musicians like Chuck Ragan any more.

Travelling the world alongside his fiddle player, and collaborator,  Jon Gaunt and bassist Joe Ginsberg, Ragan gives music a new lease of life with his acoustic guitar, husky  and dulcet tones that just make you stop what you’re doing and listen.

The talent that flows through Ragan has allowed him to collaborate with some of the finest names in the alternative music world, including The Gaslight Anthem‘s Brian Fallon.

Album after album released by this excruciatingly talented musician makes the process of song writing look simple and care free.

Each song has the same stripped back folkish feel without sounding similar and repetitive.

Chuck Ragan really is a musician to be admired in this era of: auto-tuned, polished, boom, badoom, boom bass sameness.

Keep on being perfect Mr Ragan.