In my writing life, I often have music playing while I work. The words in my head flourish with certain types of music. Sound tracks are particularly inspiring to me. I love Phantom of the Opera, Evita, and Les Miserables. I love the sound tracks to Last of the Mohicans and Far and Away and Legends of the Fall.
I also love Josh Groban. And Smokey Robinson. Chris Tomlin. Richard Marx. And Glenn Miller.
Give me Pandora and the laptop, and I can escape for hours. Writing or reading. Music and words seem linked to me.
I wonder if musicians equally love to read. Or paint. I know a ballet dancer who loves to garden. These two creative outlets do not seem related to me. Football legend Roosevelt (Rosey) Grier loved to do needlepoint. He was a massive defensive tackle, so nobody teased him about it. But, how intriguing. Body slamming and detailed hand-stitching. A love of both in the same brain.
My mom loves to write, but music is just noise to her. My sister loves to read, but hates to write. When I was in college, I discovered I loved pottery classes, but hated draw/painting. Martha Stewart does everything. Does that mean her brain is more creative than mine?
Is one form of art "smarter" than another? Is there an advantage to enjoying multiple artistic pursuits?
Are you artistic on several levels, or single-minded when it comes to creativity?
Creative minds want to know...