You Are An Original

Do you ever feel like a drop in a bucket or lost in a crowd, like your voice resonates with the bland sameness of what’s been said before?  After all, the expression ‘there is nothing new under the sun’ was coined for a reason, right? Or maybe that’s a verse in the Bible.  If I remember correctly it’s in Ecclesiastes. 

I wrote a song about this subject some years back.  an originalIt had dawned on me that DNA and fingerprints prove that each of us is an original.  We aren’t a copy of someone else.  We may look or sound somewhat like someone else, especially before we tap into our original-ness.  We may try on different types and sizes in an attempt to discover our authentic selves by emulating those we admire.  But when we grow weary of living up to a contrived image, we can finally settle down into who we really are, comfortable in our own skin. You can almost hear a collective sigh from everyone who knows us:  “There, so glad you settled that. ”

Do you fully understand the value in a true original work of art like a Monet or a Rembrandt?  I’m not sure I get it yet, but I’m thinking about it.  In fact, I’m reworking the earlier version of my song that I named Original to make it a little more relevant — how can I best get my thoughts across without overworking it, if you know what I mean.  “Let me tell you, you are Original Music, a song never sung before – beautiful lines of an incomparable score. . .” 

We are each a One-Of-A-Kind Masterpiece, whose individual worth the markets of this world can’t accurately price.  We may feel worthless from time to time, but if we were up for sale, we would all garner a much higher price than we realize!

3 thoughts on “You Are An Original

  1. What a blog! So encouraging (as always.)
    So the bottom line is , just allow our music to reflect our true identities and characters and it will be unique and of value!

  2. I think trying out different musical styles does help us to find what fits and what feels too forced. Eventually the you that you are comfy with emerges and takes center stage.

    There are certain voice influctions that girl singers do that I try out but it may sound different on me. If it still sounds ok, though, I use it. If not, I drop that one if I don’t want to spend the timing getting better at it. It’s how you find out your limitations too. I know that I’ll never be able to do the malasma thing (curly cew notes all around the one note you are aiming for) of Mariah Carey fame, so I gave up on that! But I can still bend notes and add grace notes. Plus, it’s not really my style of music, so I’m not motivated to get better at all the curly cew notes.

    The same would be true for honing your instrument. You usually start by trying out something you like that someone else plays and then make it your own. When it moves you emotionally you are more motivated to try it out and keep at it. Over the years you eventually become a collection of those influences and that combination makes you uniquely you.

  3. My friend just asked me to define a cew note. My bad – curly cew should be curlycue or curly-que. I should have simplified with curly-Q

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