Seventeen: David Grohl, my son & a tightrope walker on creativity


My 2 year old son and I have a new activity. We grab a couple mini-hockey sticks and turn them into guitars.  Then we turn on YouTube and pretend to play some of his favorite songs which include “Down by the Bay” by Raffi, “Red 2” by Elmo and Elvis Costello and his newest favorite “These Days” by the Foo Fighters. 

Asher even has a Rock n’ Roll face as we jump around our living room. He is expressing himself, and doesn’t seem to care about what people would think. It’s a raw expression of his love for music.

All this got me thinking about the immense creativity that kids and even some grown ups seem to possess. It’s not a surprise though as we are a people created in the image of a God who creates.  

Its not about being perfect in our creativity. Its not about how we look or about living up to the expectations of others. Its about doing it. Philippe Petit, a guy who illegally tight rope walked across the World Trade Centres in the 70’s was asked why he did it. His response is brilliant;

“why not?” He didn’t care. His art wasn’t a product to be sold, it was an expression of his soul.

That is now known as the artistic crime of the century.

After winning a grammy Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters spoke to this;

“To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human elements of making music is what’s most important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do. It’s not about being perfect, it’s not about sounding absolutely correct, it’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here (points to heart) and it’s about what  goes on in here (points to head).”

Do you expect the artistic expressions of your mind and heart to be perfect?

I am again blogging on the road from my phone and can’t figure out how to link things yet… links to a few things I have referenced are coming.

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