Monday, July 01, 2019

The Simple Things

“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” - Laura Ingalls Wilder

As creatives we can have a tendency to go big or home. The big album. The big art show. The big dance number. The big sprawling novel. Certainly, there will be times when these kinds of larger, encompassing artistic displays are necessary.

But I think we can be just as fulfilled working on more bite-sized chunks of creativity as well. Instead of a big album stuffed to the gills with 12 or more songs, we can do music singles. Love it or hate it, this has actually become somewhat of the way of the music industry of late. Artist are releasing songs one at a time, then down the road releasing them together as playlists or albums.

A painter actually does usually work on one piece at a time but can sometimes have many going. What if you just focused on that one piece of art, and then pushed it out to your audience, store, or showed it at your studio, church, or school?

Dancers dream of touring with companies, getting in a big production with many numbers, or a big recital. But what if you just set your iPhone up and shot one routine you had choreographed, then post it on your YouTube channel. Push people there with Facebook, Twitter, and put it on Instagram. Get your dancing and choreography work seen!

I find the short story (or these blog posts) to be rewarding and certainly more able to be consumed by a larger audience quickly. It promotes your author brand and before you know it, like the music artist, you could have an anthology of stories to publish on Smashwords, iBooks, Amazon, and more.

“Think simple as my old master used to say - meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.” - Frank Lloyd Wright

Our artistic pursuits can be complicated, large ideas, but don’t have to be. We don’t have to have think through a long tome about time travel, but tell a good interesting story about a person and their life. We don’t have to write a symphony that will be lauded by the professors at a prestigious place of higher learning, but instead create a simple melody that will make someone smile.

Concentrate on releasing to the world the simple messages and creations you have and quit holding off on sharing your work because it’s not the huge masterpiece that will impress or bring you millions.

It’s just that simple.

Take this simple message with you today as you plan, write, or release your next creative endeavor.

“Deep and simple are far, far more important than shallow and complicated and fancy.” - Fred Rogers

Have a great week!


Eric Copeland is an author, composer, and creative who helps other artistic people find their way and build creative lives.

His book “How to Live a Creative Life” is available now exclusively at Amazon Kindle. Find out more here.

Here is a new video about Simple Things from 88Upright, an Upright Bass and Piano duo featuring Pat Gallo on bass and composer John Eric Copeland on piano.

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