Blossom illustrated the age-old dilemma for all creators of creative things, who slowly find that it’s hard to be original when it’s easier, now more than ever, to point out that something you created is eerily reminiscent of something that came before what you thought was an original idea. She did this before I even realized I was a creator of things, circa 1991.
I’ll always remember when Blossom took to a piano to write a song in the episode titled “Tough Love”, when so often pianos were only just props used on television shows, and you could argue whether or not there were actual strings tuned inside of them (I always get excited when someone uses a piano on TV). Click the video below and fast-forward to the 2 minute mark.
Yes, it sounds ridiculous to any sixteen-year-old with a synthesizer and an idea, who doesn’t understand what B-flat-minor is and why it’s my favorite key, but what you’re doing; it’s been done before, so you best know how to stop looking like an imitator by first learning “twinkle twinkle” on every instrument you learn, so you don’t end up writing it yourself.
I have met musicians and egocentric “philosophers” who think their ideas are so much better than anyone else’s because they are so authentic. They tell me I’m wrong, and I’ll take responsibility for it, but the thing is, they think everyone is wrong.
Living under rocks doesn’t work for the creative mind. Without knowing what came before you, you can never be a creative force in the world. This is why we study history, classics, and what came before us when we want to be original.
Though it’s frustrating to try and prove that you are an original, there is something to be said about knowing you’re not alone in such a big world with so many small towns.
Welcome to blog series one: The impossible blank slate. This might be a long one.
View the Blossom episode information here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0527249/