So I have a terrible dilemma. I have been completely, and totally uninspired to write this blog for an entire week! I owe you guys entries for last Thursday and this Tuesday, and of course I owe you one for today. However, I am going to hold off on today’s blog because I am dedicating this blog (which accounts for two days) to trying to find some inspiration. I’ll try to hit you all with an awesome, insightful and relevant entry this weekend about today’s class but for now, I’m going to discuss inspiration.
The concept of inspiration can be applied to almost any goal or situation anyone has. You need inspiration for an amazing essay, inspiration to win the big game, inspiration to create a work. I need (and lack) inspiration for this blog. Maybe it’s the March blues…it’s too early for it to be the “ides of March” as we have all been warned about through Shakespeare’s writ. However, regardless of what the inspiration is for, the concept of inspiration is that you are aiming to achieve something great, something even better than usual. It’s about putting out your best work, and ultimately, a representation of your best self for all to see.
To me, inspiration cannot be forced, but you can certainly help yourself along. I am not an artist, but I live with one. Each project she decides to ultimately create comes from hours of thinking, not-thinking, overthinking….until eventually something clicks. Maybe she sees a photograph she loves of one of her friends and absolutely has to paint the face. Another time, I know she was absentmindedly unraveling a thread and that’s when genius struck. Sometimes the idea works, other times she hates it and it’s back to square one. I feel that this happens often in all disciplines. After all, Oscar Wilde was the one who said “I spent the entire morning inserting a comma; I spent the whole afternoon removing it again.”
Inspiration strikes, only to be whisked away again. The worst is when inspiration occurs in the middle of the night. You jolt upwards, wide awake at 3:38 am or some ridiculous time such as that, smiling. You’ve awoken and had a marvelous idea. The creative process is over! Content you drift back to sleep….you awake at 7 am to your alarm. You know you had thought of something, now if you could only remember what it was….
Looking for inspiration is an ongoing quest I feel that every human being experiences in their life. Whether they are consciously always awaiting it, unconsciously stumbling upon it, channeling it only when needed….we all experience a need or want or flash of inspiration at some point. And what a wonderful feeling it is. One of my best moments of inspiration actually came from an incredibly explicit song. For an energetic group of 19 to 21 year old girls, this song was hilarious in it’s explicitness. I think we liked it mostly because of how obscene the lyrics were, to the point where the whole thing had become a joke. And then, one day in the library, while talking about how easy it was in the modern age to find out someone’s entire life story on the Internet, inspiration took hold in my mind. Instead of doing my homework, I instead chose to pen a parody of this explicit song’s lyrics, but have it talk about the phenomenon known as “Facebook creeping”. I was done the lyrics in half an hour and it was amazing. I showed my friends who knew the original lyrics and everyone agreed that these new lyrics were even better than the old ones. The whole thing was very Weird Al Yankovic, and for whatever reason I was absurdly proud of my lyrics and of course, posted them on Facebook. Unfortunately, I don’t have my own parody video but my brother and I absolutely loved Weird Al when we were younger, so here it my own personal fave from him, “Eat It” inspired by the King of Pop’s “Beat It”.
Now how’s that for parody art?!
That’s all for now! I promise I’ll have something new and interesting this weekend about today’s class!