CREATIVITY TO THE RESCUE (Read time 2:07)
I love watching (and critiquing) the Grammys, and like many of you, I’ve been fortunate to be invited to the ceremony many times over the years. This year’s show was obviously the most anticipated because of the devastating, sad passing of Whitney Houston. However, the following is one of the many behind-the-scenes stories that folks shared with me over the weekend—one that didn’t make it to the front page of HUFFPO or the prime time of CNN.
|Posted By paa|
| ssss |
this is good
|Posted By Teena|
| creativity saves the day |
Thank you Olivia for your feed back...and thank you J.Michael for your creative insight...This has encouraged me to be myself and wait for the doors to open up for me to express myself for myself...its been a long time coming in a town where the venue opportunities are open to certain genres and the rest just get left behind...Its in my DNA I cant help but be a dreamer, a visionary, a creator, a giver of my God given talents.. I thank God for Whitney Houston allowing us to sore through her voice as a gift to the world...
|Posted By Rachel|
| Creativity from the heart |
Very moving Michael. When people are creative, and have heart, like Whitney, it stays with us and moves us to a deeper place . Creativity and heart. Thank you Michael . Rachel
|Posted By John Crokolis|
| Suits are Creative too... in some way ;-) |
The high rank suits at Whitney's record label and iTunes executives managed to rise the price of all her songs up to 60% more "in less than an hour" since the sad news were announced. And that was during a weekend... That's creativity too.
|Posted By steffon Moody|
| Pressure |
Thank goodness for spontanaeity! It revitalizes the tendency towards the systematic and formulaic. And thanks for being a champion of the creative path.
|Posted By David Levin|
| Creatives vs Suits? |
I love lifting up creativity and innovation, and I especially appreciate the spirit you bring, Michael, to doing that. We've all experienced how creatives are consistently undervalued. So it feels great to lift our work up and give it the recognition it too rarely gets. At the same time, if I may say, I'm a little uncomfortable doing it at the expense of others. Especially when those others are our partners. It's true that the "suits" couldn't produce their show without us. But isn't it also true that there wouldn't BE a show without them? It seems to me that the Us vs Them impulse - though I've felt it myself for much of my life - doesn't ultimately lift ANY of us up. The better path is to rise above that, do great work, and honor the contribution EVERYONE makes. I'm sure you have that in your heart, or you wouldn't have been the success you have. Just wanted to point a little love to the other side, too. :-)
|Posted By Dan W|
| Well Said |
Insightful commentary on an inspiring event. One could sense that creative DNA buzzing throughout the show. Although any artform could have made a fine intro, I found LLCoolJ's opening prayer--written by him, sometime within that 19-hour window (according to the producer on the news the day after)--to be a singularly artful, heartfelt use of words to set the tone for the entire evening.
|Posted By Aspen Pittman|
| the creatives |
Well said pal. You could see the impact of her life in so many of the segments, yet nothing looked "rewritten" or contrived. I was thinking "miracle" while watching, knowing the challenges involved, and how quickly this show evolved from "another Grammy show" into something historic. You could cut the love with a knife, it was still so soon and so real for everyone concerned. And the impact of those tribute segments was magnified because we were all lost in reflections from the start of the show. And yet, our "troupers" got it done, while looking natural, as usual. This year's Grammy deserves an Emmy!
|Posted By virrich|
| Creative Epicenter |
Always useful, encouraging, gentle and thoughtful. Thank you.
|Posted By Cowboy Surfer|
| Thriving under Pressure |
As you stated so eloquently, the true essence of creativity is thriving under pressure. The same guts and determination that allows the true artist to get up on stage in front of a large audience is the same pressure that the show organizers fraced last night and overcame with positive energy. They faced the demons and came out shining like a crazy diamond! Thanks for bringing this to light. May we all face our fears in the same manner and shine brightly. Allow yourself to be Cowboy Wild...and Surfer Free!
|Posted By Michael Warner|
| Creatives |
Dear Michael - I'm learning that you like to "lift" people. This article is a real boost to "creatives" in your suggestion that it is a way of life. Beautifully written. Also not forgetting the most magnificently beautiful Whitney at the core of this discussion. Loved you Whitney.
|Posted By thomas|
| Creativity |
Well said. The 'suits' vs the talent. We lowly creative people. I like the idea that creativity is not limited to my guitar and pen. I am very creative in every aspect of my life. A lot of people call it volatility - chaos - disorganized - I call it home. I (and most creatives) live in the center of that place where mortals fear to tread - the virtuous unknown maelstrom. Thanks for recognizing the extremely practical, measurable (in dollars) results of creative endeavor.
|Posted By Gunnar|
| Grammys |
BEST PRODUCTION JOB EVER THIS YEAR!
|Posted By Anita Rich|
| Creativity to the Rescue |
Michael your input and fabulous writing style is a pleasure to read. You expressed so clearly what many of us only dared ponder.I have often called myself a problem solver and you lit an aha moment for me personally.I so loved Whitney and I am coached by a company where she sings the Star Spangled Banner at all our retreats on a big screen. She will be missed and the Creatives at the Grammys will live on to pave the path for the many talents and other creatives to come.
|Posted By Olivia|
| Creativity saves the day |
J.Michael, this is SO beautifully expressed...thank you for YOUR creativity! When you think of the Grammys as the biggest acknowledgment of creativity in the Music World, then in your blog,you recognize creativity in the shadows pulling together this big production, you recognize how crucial it really is. It is our hearts and souls that MUST create or else our world would be one big machine, and it ISN"T! (no matter what the machine says). When you think that even Taylor Swift wrote a song ("Mean")about everyone who discouraged her, told her she had no talent, then the "mean" ones were absorbed into the machine. MEANwhile, she believed in her own creative talent and persisted, and again we see how crucial creativity is. I can't imagine life without Taylor Swift. Creativity is part of our DNA, and we "creatives" not only feed other souls, but we preserve and grow hearts-- Like Whitney's. Creativity was God-given, pouring thru her, selecting her spirit and her vocal cords to express itself. So many lessons here.