Learning about this Design Thinking is an itch on my brain. I’ve been trying to wrap my head around this in school and I think I’m coming a bit closer to taking in how it works. Innately, I’m a more instinctive, abstract thinker and it has taken me a great deal of effort to edge closer to any sort of methodology in my professional and personal life!
In order to better understand the concept, I have tried to equate the process with one I am familiar with; songwriting.
Of course, these actions don’t happen in a perfectly linear fashion and, in truth, I’m going out on a limb here. I’m not 100% sure I’ve understood this concept of “Design Thinking” just yet! I guess I’m trying to reverse-empathize and make this concept relatable to me!
Many times I write songs with a group of other writers which is probably more relevant. we toss ideas around, some stick, some don’t. We keep each other on track, always trying to come back to that initial “problem” or emotion/story we’re trying to resolve or express with the song. Sometimes we have to meet multiple times before the song is “finished.” Even in the recording studio, things can change dramatically. Recently I recorded a song, “Bittersweet” which I co-wrote with three other songwriters. When I got into the studio to sing it, the chorus sounded really high and more like a background part. A week later, I returned to the studio and came up with a new melody for the chorus that sounded more authentic.
Recently I recorded a song, “Bittersweet” which I co-wrote with three other songwriters. When I got into the studio to sing it, the chorus sounded really high and more like a background part. It didn’t really bother two of my co-writers, but two of us weren’t loving it. A week later, I returned to the studio and came up with a new melody for the chorus that sounded more authentic to my voice and the song.
Bittersweet isn’t written about anything or anyone in particular. We all sat together and tried to think of people we knew who were in relationships that were unhealthy or failing. How they often will justify the relationship by any means available or, perhaps, simply are simply choosing to systematically put themselves in complicated situations for emotional/psychological reasons. With did a lot of empathizing during the first session!
I don’t have the original version, but imagine a mouse with its tail caught in the door.
This version sounds much better.
At 50+ I have never felt more compelled to live a creative, meaningful life. I'm going back into the recording studio next week and I can't wait!
Since humans first painted on cave walls, we have ached to share the beauty we see and feel all around us. The cave paintings at Chauvet are believed to be over 30,000 years old! Whatever the artists' motivation for creating, the attention to detail, color, shape, and movement demonstrate an eye and a heart for the exquisite beauty of life. However, rude their existence may have been, they paused for grace.
The first known musical instrument is believed to date back 40,000 years! Artistic expression, creativity, is clearly a part of our DNA. As much as we need to eat, shelter, fight to survive. Humans crave connection and creativity.
Every day, the news is overflowing with the hideous, selfish, cruel, violent choices humans make. We have to actively seek out the beauty. When we are deep in the weeds, creativity may feel unattainable. But inspiration is all around us. At all times.
George Burns said, "we can't help getting older, but we don't have to get old." (as long as we are healthy and I hope you are!). In my 50+ years, I am on a mission to seek out new perspectives. While I continue to struggle with all the usual modern human existence things, I never want to close my eyes to what is beautiful in my life.
Diving back into recording my own music feels exhilarating. Looking forward to collaborating with Matt Anthony once again. Can't wait to get the ball rolling. More to come.
Wishing you all love, creativity, oh and Sláinte! 💚