Music Tip #1    From Carol Worthey

What Secret about Musical Creativity Don't Listeners Realize?

Carol Worthey

Listening is creative.

So many people have said to me over the years, "Oh, I'm just a listener. I wish I could be creative like you" that I've been examining this notion for a long time and want to assure everyone that listening IS creative. And so is performing. But so many people believe that they aren't creative that I classify it as one of the SECRETS about music. Let us shatter that myth right now! And give you a perspective on why YOU as a Listener or as a Performer ARE creating when you hear or play music. I'm not just trying to flatter you. This is a TRUTH. Many listeners come up to me after a performance of one of my compositions to share with me in vivid detail how they "saw" waterfalls or colors or wanted to dance or experienced a story while listening. Who is seeing these waterfalls? Who is creating these stories? The listener! These are gifts listeners have given me. And then the same listeners will tell me they're not creative!

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