Thursday, March 10, 2005

Out Of Sync

A good way
to start the day is with a 59 second clip of The Jetson's theme. Not only is it jazzy, it epitomizes the creative process.

To begin with, here are the lyrics:
Meet George Jetson.
His Boy Elroy.
Daughter Judy.
Jane his wife.
Creativity often begins with a bare idea, and these lyrics are as spare as a desert bone.

The other end of the scale: chaos. Writing a dozen ideas to find one that works. Sketching a snow drift of roughs to find the right picture. Shaking it all down so the pieces come together. I tried to find a more authorative source for the following, but I couldn't immediately find it, and I'm behind deadline, so I'll settle for paraphrase and addled memory. When the song was recorded, the track for the strings was slightly out of sync with the score. This wasn't intentional, but they let it be because the whirlwind of violins was wild, exciting, over the top.

Sometimes chaos is just chaos and noise. And sometimes it isn't. Creativity is knowing the difference.