February 1, 2018
On this day in 1981, the Duke Ellington-inspired musical Sophisticated Ladies premiered in New York. Ellington (1899–1974) was one of the great innovators and composers of 20th century American jazz. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969. He was also awarded the Legion of Honor by France (its nation’s highest civilian award) as well as the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Widely considered to be one of America’s finest composers, Ellington had definite opinions about creativity. And because all of us are creating our own realities, day in and day out, his advice applies to each of us, even those who can’t carry a tune in a bucket.
When questioned about the creative process, Duke advised, “Create and be true to yourself and rely only on your own good taste.” For additional insights, consider the following…
Creative Ideas About Creativity
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
“Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud.”
Alex F. Osborn
“To know is nothing at all. To imagine is everything.”
“The main thing is to be original…to play in a way of your own.”
”Every real creation of art is independent, more powerful than the artist himself.”
Ludwig van Beethoven
”No, no, you’re not thinking. You’re just being logical.”
Today’s Bible Verse
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
Colossians 3:2 NASB