Singing is a full-throttled sensory experience that engages the heart, body, mind, and soul. Singing a song can engage familiar touches, tastes, sights, sounds and smells that trigger emotions, evoke memories, prompt dreams, and spark the imagination.
Singing is a complete sensory workout for the singer that communicates the message and story of each song. At its best it provides a sensory feast for the audience that receives it.
Creativity is a vital, living, breathing, active component of this sensory process. So, it’s important for singers to take time to feed creativity at least once a day, as a warm up of the creative process and the senses it engages.
Brainstorming is a powerful way to prime the pump for creative juices and the senses that are fed. The process can be engaged in a group by bouncing ideas off of each other on chosen topics or by listening to specific pieces of music. It can be activated by playing a variety of word association games or by engaging in shared responses to specific textures, pieces of art, themes – whatever a group facilitator or each member of the group in rotation chooses.
One of the best ways to engage your senses in the creative process is to get together in a group and then go for a walk as individuals. You then report back after a specified amount of time and share your observations. The walk can be centered in a specific event or location so that a variety of perceptions and perspectives can be compared and contrasted. But the objective is to note things that are sensory based – sight, sound, smell, touch and taste.
This approach makes you more keenly aware of how uniquely subjective each person’s vision and experience is when exposed to the same environment or set of circumstances. This can prompt ideas for songs or concepts for set pieces for staging. It can clearly help with strengthening communication skills. And, a shift in perspective will help with gaining a better understanding of where others are coming from.
You can go for a walk by yourself and take a voice recorder with you to record your observations for review later in the day. You might simply record the sound of your walk and then revisit the walk while seated as you listen to the sounds. This will trigger memories of the walk and even possible distortion of perception as it prompts memories of other seemingly unrelated times and places. It can even engage your imagination. The same approach can be taken by visually recording your walk without commentary and viewing it at a later time.
Rewind Then Twist
The walk with a visual or audio recording can be then switched out with others so that they can share what they think or feel about what they view or hear. This approach gets you to bend and stretch your senses as your imagination goes to work putting the pieces together. This is also an effective exercise for sensory interpretation.
Write It Down
Another way to brainstorm is by simply keeping a small notepad and pen handy so that you can make notes on ideas for songs, key thoughts or feelings, random observations – whatever you wish. Then, you can sit down and try to piece together a song or story, based on your notes. Or you can exchange your notes with the notes of someone else, and then piece together a song or story of their journey.
It is the process of piecing together the sensory experiences that feeds your creativity and helps to sharpen your interpretive skills as a singer, performer, musician, or singer songwriter. It will make you a better communicator. You can also filter your notes by sensory experience to see which of your senses tends to be most strongly engaged. And you can purposely limit your observations on a walk or project to one or a few senses.
Strain Your Brain
Remember that just as your body needs exercise to keep fit, your brain needs a good daily workout as well. If you don't stretch and bend thoughts and test your senses, it will all grow fuzzy, numb, flabby and dull. So, allow yourself to get caught up in a wonder-struck, thundering brainstorm for at least a few minutes each day. Exchange ideas and share your experience with others. It’s a powerful way to give your brain cells a good workout.
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Use brainstorming as a warm up for engaging one of the many product offerings here at SSTV and see how your enhanced senses and creativity can make your learning experience even more rewarding. And always share your brainstorming experiences with others here at SSTV.
The only limit to your creative potential is your reluctance to engage. Make full use of the resources here at SSTV through the forums, video clips, advice, programs and products we offer to help you clear some space and carve out a unique place for your singing success.