by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
Anyone who knows me would probably use the word creative to describe me. Whether it’s through writing poetry, lyrics, music, essays, stories, playing piano, improvising on the piano or a drum, singing, creating a new addition to my growing garden, decorating my home, organizing a room, giving a presentation, tweaking a music lesson for my students in mid-stream, I know how to be creative. Ideas, thoughts, patterns, melodies, words, drama and humor burst forth from me as an unstoppable fountain.
I’ve had plenty of adult students respond that they are not creative, to which I’ve always responded, ‘Nonsense!’. Everyone is creative. Some of us have learned to tap it more naturally than others. Incidentally, I’ve never met a child who was not able to be creative. Young people are fully tapped into the creative dimension. They need no map to get there. Adults, however, are a different story. We lose our way sometimes, due to pressure from our daily responsibilities.
If you’ve lost your way or simply need some help getting connected to your creative side, here are some things I’ve learned about how to be imaginative:
Jenny Leigh Hodgins is a published writer, poet, lyricist, composer, vocalist, and pianist. She is director of and composer with Team4MusicandSound, a global audio post production team. Jenny Leigh has 30 years experience in music, piano, vocal and choral education and has performed for more than 25 years as a soloist throughout US and Japan. She is co-admin of multiple music-related social media groups (5400+ members), has coordinated promotional content, music-niche articles, scripts, podcasts, and multiple creative collaborations. Jenny Leigh holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music composition and her creative services are registered as JLH Creative Services, LLC.