Starting Where You Are

Talib KweliIn the course of my usual business yesterday, I was priviledged to watch this video, featuring musician Talib Kweli. As an aging baby boomer with little hip hop in my bones, I had never heard of this artist before, but was completely won over by the video. Gentle and articulate, Kweli talks about how “the music business is like the wild wild west.” There are no rules anymore, and in these digitally interconnected times, it’s possible to “build a buzz around yourself” without necessarily being talented. It’s not about being talented, it’s about working hard and working smart.

Kweli admits to no particular talent, but says he loves the music and works hard to create it masterfully. “If you can talk, you can sing; if you can walk, you can dance.”

Next time you’re alone driving your car, try singing your thoughts. Next time you’re cleaning the house, try dancing your way through it. Next time you’re at your desk, holding on the phone or waiting for a download, try making a few spontaneous marks on a bit of paper. Your creative self is always at your fingertips, begging to be explored.

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