musical inspiration Oct 29, 2021

Insight for flying higher in the difference only you can make from musicians who inspire Creative on Purpose Live.

This week's wisdom comes from Django Reinhardt and his tune Nuages, a favorite from my days as a professional musician.

Django and his bandmate, Stéphane Grappelli, wrote and recorded Nuages in Paris during its occupation by the Nazis during WWII. It's a paean to their beloved city filled with a compelling mixture of melancholy and hope.

Django re-recorded the tune at least a dozen times. Many artists, myself included, have recorded it as well. Django found new edges to explore in each performance, as has every other artist who performs the tune.

Art is about connection, collaboration, and creating change. Often, this is done by taking something familiar and recycling, repurposing, or reimagining it in a way that reveals new perspectives and possibilities. 

Making a difference doesn't have to be a wholesale change or an act of creating something entirely brand new out of whole cloth. For instance, many of Creative on Purpose's most popular programs, like The Burnout Solution, are based on time-tested ideas from Stoic philosophy.

How can you approach the difference only you can make a little more artistically today? What existing idea or artifact can you recycle, repurpose, or reimagine to help us see and step into our potential?

Scott Perry, Chief Difference-Maker at Creative on Purpose

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