Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Spiral Out

If you have spent any time reading this blog, you have discovered my fascination with creative inspiration. So when my husband and I stumbled across this video the other day, I knew I had to include it here. Be sure you have a good 10 minutes before starting it, it's well worth watching to the end.

Now, how often do you think mathematical principles inform music? Sure, we hear about studies that report that music classes help students perform better in math, but how many musicians actually take time to create a song about—and using—unusual mathematical sequences? Not many, is my guess.

I think we can learn from this song. They lyrics tell us to live life like a Fibonacci spiral, and I think anyone pursuing a creative venture strives to do exactly this. They do so by constantly pursuing the new, the different, the innovative merging of previously disparate ideas. "And following our will and wind, we may just go where no one's been." What better definition of creativity could you want? Isn't that what we are striving to do with our creative pursuits?

I also find this song inspirational on those days when I question what I am doing. "Spiral out. Keep going."
What keeps you going?

1 comment:

  1. Tool is an extraordinarily innovative and inspiring band. Their music may not be for everyone, but you can't claim it is "cookie-cutter" music. Their music videos and album covers and packaging are also very creative, integrating the visual and auditory experience. I echo your "spiral out"!