“What can not be said and what can not be kept silent, the music expresses it.” – Victor Hugo
“A man can not be drunk with a novel or a picture, but he can get drunk on Beethoven’s Ninth, the Sonata for two pianos and Bartók’s percussion or a Beatles song.” – Milan Kundera
The quotes from famous artists about music are limitless; one could go on to list them for hours and all we would come back to is this simple truth: music is something special.
You can use it in every way, for all purposes and the cool thing is that we will never tire of doing it. To once again look back to the tracks that we like so much, to savor the emotions of a memory that a song brings to the surface, to reflect upon a text …
And what’s even more cool is that the music ignites our mind, accompanies us to new horizons and provides us with creative stimuli from which we can start to create something of our own.
In general, artists teach us something precious about the concept of creativity. And since we know that the minds of the Zooppers are brilliant, we’d like to share a list of pieces that, from our point of view, can be useful to the creativity or at least free the mind.
And above all, a list of artists who have left some precious teachings.
It was not simple at all: someone’s favorite piece will be missing and I’m sure there will be someone else’s most hated piece. Yet this is another of the countless qualities to be attributed to music: it is something entirely personal.
Well, are you ready? Plug in that headphone jack and let’s get started!
Let’s start by loosening our knees a little: warming up is important before listening.
And which song is more suitable to open the event? Who doesn’t love this must be outta place, speak now or forever hold your peace. It is only a matter of synchronizing with the rhythm. Your hands, your feet, your heart… Everything should be rocking to the rhythm, except maybe the head. RIP David Byrne, where he is creating in the clouds.
Longing for a nice and relaxing vision of happiness, Otis created this masterpiece that still brings good vibes your way to this day. Redding recorded the song only 3 days before his untimely death at the young age of 26. While everyone at the label, and many of his bandmates, told him that the song would be a colossal failure; Redding persisted that he needed to broaden his range in the genre. We are sure happy that he did. The result of his creativity and persistence? Not only one of his most famous songs, but an American classic. So even when those around you tell you that your vision isn’t achievable, listen to this and know that you’re on the right path.
Why “I Am The Walrus”? Because, it the war cry in which good old John declares on any form of repression against originality and everything that is opposed to the creative inspiration of the good artist.
When “The Magical Mystery Tour” (album containing this song) was released, the Beatles were put to the pillory. They had betrayed the recipe that made them famous: Good guys + guitar + love song. After 50 years – 50 YEARS – it remains an innovative, different, brilliant, unique record, and maybe, let’s say, their best?
Lennon, therefore, urges us to keep in mind that creativity does not submit to pre-established forms, but rather a good creation, an experimental creation, will always be initially looked at with suspicion.
In this fascination street the impression is precisely that of being in the middle of the road… If that road was in a video game. Think Grand Theft Auto (GTA): run, get money, change cars, the important thing is: just don’t stop. Otherwise the police will get you. In this video game, we can do and be what we want; everything else will wait.
Robert Smith, with all the special extravagance that distinguishes him, is always able to give us the right key to escape reality and move elsewhere.
And is that not the idea of good art?
We do not want to spend too much time ogling over this masterpiece of the Thin White Duke. If you don’t get goosebumps when you hear his voice, something could be wrong with you. It’s as if we are in a session of hypnosis, authorizing us to cross the threshold of his personal galaxy. And in a moment … you are floating in a peculiar way, accompanied by him, the good-natured David.
So what does Bowie teach us? Bowie had an inner artistic chaos shaping his being. His fundamental identity is that his sound did not belong to a single style or a single sound. He incorporated them all. And to realize it, he invented some magnificent alter egos.
So it’s okay not to identify with just one genre, with only one current art form. We should give space to everything we feel we need to express, and if we do not have the strength to do it through one person, let’s create as many as necessary.
Pink Floyd is the perfect combination of two extraordinary talents that were not destined to be together, but for some astral conjunction they meet, walk side by side for a stretch of road and at a certain point separate, to follow each other’s own inner demons.
This is why we believe in the plans of fate.
Shine On You Crazy Diamond is the pinnacle of the creation of the Waters-Gilmour paring.
Roger gives us his poetic complexity, Gilmour sabers four guitar notes and sinks the master stroke, and together they give life to one of the best songs in the history of rock.
You can hate Pink Floyd, but you can’t help but loving Shine.
What do they teach us? That two guitars is better than one. That is, that two talents together can amplify the value of single talent. It’s all about the team work!
Thom Yorke is the emblem of a real nerd: glasses, asocial, loser, ugly, and an IQ based in astronomical levels.
Strangeness is the element that indissolubly links it to its artistic genius, becoming its strong point. And it is perhaps also the element that holds together all the personalities of Radiohead.
This song come out in 2000 and perhaps will stop being ahead of the times in 3000 AD, when music will be just a complex assortment of electronics, synthetic sounds and distortions; all put together in total harmony.
We do not know exactly what Radiohead is trying to say (probably because even this will be deduced only in the after-life), but we will still continue to listen to something wonderful that’ll help develop your creative habits.
So here we are at the pinnacle, where we have reserved our favorite Repertories. Some of you may snort, we know. But evidence has identified that classical music has been the best music for a creative brainstorm session. But let’s face it, classical music is in another universe. And it is the one genre in which all the above mentioned artists, trust us on this, have learned and drawn from.
And we have played the repertoire constantly.
- Chopin – piano;
- Bach – cello;
- Beethoven – tous ensemble.
Federico Chopin learned a lot from Beethoven, which will be discussed below, but not just from him. The “Chiaro di Luna” left a huge impression on Chopin, so much so that he felt the need to compose something similar. A series of extraordinary similar things: the nocturnal. He is the romantic hero of the keys, the poet of the piano.
Chopin teaches us that not only originality is to be rewarded, because it is not always wrong to sweep on the piano.
The cello is always a bit ‘unlucky: for some strange reason, it does not receive the same success of the piano or its minor cousin the violin. Yet the deep sound touches inner cords of which we even ignored in its existence.
Bach, “the scientific musician”, teaches us that discipline, study, technique and knowledge of the subject are all as important as talent and originality. To produce quality we must never stop training, studying, and deepening our persistence in our refinement of craft.
Given that the Fifth tatatatan, which we all know and that the Ninth has long been inflated (see eg Mechanical Orange), we opted for the Sixth, with his opening work.
Beyond the undoubted beauty, sweetness, and harmony that belong to them, we could have chosen them all. Our choice represents the Beethoven character. That is the Artist, with a capital A precisely. Oh yes, because in addition to inspire us, accompany us and make us grow with his creations, he also leaves us the legacy of his human and mortal being, to treasure it, as much as we can.
No obstacle is truly insurmountable if we continue to believe in us firmly.
This is what has to inspire.
Remember this when you suffer from white page syndrome
Ah .. Obviously the playlist is collaborative! Now you can run to claim your favorite piece and leave a comment in the comments to add to ours!