A friend of mine asked me the other day how I thought bands became famous. There is a belief that talent, skill, and expertise are the engine. I don’t believe this. Think about the 7 billion people on the planet. What percentage do you think is creating on any level anything? 30%…40%….80%…100%…? Defining creativity as the ability to create, I’d say 100% of the populus are creating at some level or another. From poopy diaper all the way to elderly memories. So with that, there are bound to be many people on the same level of “ability”. Therefore, I feel that that is the gasoline and the engine is a combination of charisma, enigmatic response, and self placement. I feel the drive sometimes to just let my creative energy be vacumed into the static of the world; kind of a “why try”? If we think of people as sand on the beach, perhaps the only reason we see the “famous”, “successful”, or “valued” is because they have become clumps sand, larger than us regular grains. I have so many many ideas that I’d love to see come to be, but live in the reality that they will not become. This isn’t on any level self deprecating, it just is. A great example of this was shown to me when I went to Inverge last year in Portland. One of the speakers was talking about the amount of work that Robert Redford had done in his life as an actor versus what he was able to help come to be as part of a larger organism. His filmography holds no candle to that list. So I suppose what I am saying is that in order to accomplish as much as you can, you must become damascus steel. Fold yourself upon yourself working with others and any sort of success will come. It wasn’t a large piece of sand that made the clump, but many others combining to create a larger form.
Perhaps when creative possibility was a cube so long ago and we discovered how to exploit the edges and vertices the cube subdivided in to a truncated cube then smoother and smoother until to your average person it almost looks like a sphere. In reality, the creative form has many vertices and edges left to be truncated. However, I feel the mass of people it takes to effectively reduce the form grows with every edge that is removed. One day when the sphere is smooth, we can all bind together and ingest the sphere we have created together. I know this visual is very abstract and perhaps difficult to grasp with my limited vocabulary on the subject, in my head though, it is clear. Perhaps I will sculpt the idea. Something interesting to read up on is Coxeter-Dynkin diagrams.