In a time when it’s easy to feel stagnant, the act of creation is a powerful force. In the past year, our mental health and well being have been under more stress than most of us have experienced in our entire lives. For me, this year has been a time of deep reflection and waking up to just how much healing I have to do, and how much we have left to heal together.
Creation can be a release, an escape, even therapy. It can channel these monumental emotions that go beyond simple conversation, and help us come to new revelations.
We humans have evolved into master creators. Most people have experienced the primal satisfaction of making something all their own, simply because it feels good. Our unique combination of anatomy and psychology lets us play with our world in a virtually infinite number of ways. In exploring our innate gifts, we interact with the world. We learn about our world – and about ourselves – in the process. We ignite loving bonds, with other humans who experience our creations, and with the art itself. The very medium can become a support system in times when others are distant.
The special beauty of music is how easily it can integrate into your life as a consistent, comforting friend. You can listen to it while you work, while you eat, while you exercise. You can enjoy it through movement, or in stillness. Sometimes, when I am really into a genre or an artist, I have a complex and loving relationship – something like a crush…or falling in love. I notice new things each time I experience the music again. My favorite things may shift over time – songs that were not that intriguing at first become fresh and interesting a year or two into my relationship with them. They hold space for me in difficult times, and help me process my own journey. The types of sounds I gravitate to reflect the kind of energy I desire and seek internally. And, just like there is a unique set of great friends and lovers for each unique person, each of us has a particular chemistry with music.
As creators, we each have a unique audio signature, a collection of sounds that define us. For me, deep house especially lights up this “romantic,” almost sensual energy. The four to the floor beat is like a heartbeat…like a human. The subtle shifts of melodies and textures are the tides of emotions and moods. That beat can be sad, uplifting, sexy, dark, primal, even goofy, but never loses the core of what it is: fundamentally human, with a beating heart. When people say deep house is boring, I say that’s like saying being married to the same person every day is boring. Yes, they are the same person, but they also change in infinite subtle ways, and you change together, by watching and listening.
For another creator, the magical genre that sings to the soul can be anything from the wildest reaches of experimentation, to screaming heavy walls of sound, to the sweet lilting of folk melodies.
In making and witnessing art, we tap into love. We are blessed to have access to virtual communities of fellow creators and listeners, exploring new frontiers of imagination, even when normal activities are cut away.
I hope you enjoy the March IMF playlist as a celebration of humanity and an anthem of flowing through hard times with passion. Happy listening!
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