So much of art-making in the 21st century is caught in the theatre of being an artist. But when you’re in front of a keyboard, musical or otherwise, the spotlight isn’t there. It’s impossible just to turn on creativity. Perhaps the Pixar approach is best – pump something out and if it sucks, work on it until it doesn’t suck. But creativity is more than this. If you are the instrument who taps into the cosmos and delivers that connection to the audience, you really need to be in touch with the cosmos as a scientist as well as an artist. Understanding and questioning the natural world is a great way to put you in the proper headspace to think and feel deeply about life and the universe itself.
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