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DIMASH: A STUDY IN MUSICAL CREATIVITY
Many of us may wish to be more creative if only we could find a way to break out of our old habits, routines and ways of doing things. So, if we'd like to become inspired to try something new, we might want to check out Dimash's creative genius.
When I watch his performances, I see a young man who breaks all the moulds. He can interpret an existing song such as All By Myself, Opera Two, SOS, etc. and make it his own with his creativity. Sorry, Lionel, but with all due respect, there will never be another Hello quite like Dimash’s. Not saying better or worse, each is perfect in its own way.
And that’s the point with creativity, we create and recreate in our own image. But, personally, I like Dimash’s image better than my own with his six or more octaves compared to my one and a half. However, I have my own zones of creativity, as I’m sure you do too.
For those on my blog site who have never heard of Dimash, I have included a few of his original songs in collaboration with Russian musician Igor Krutoy, who not only composes with and for Dimash, but often plays the piano in many of the performances.
The three original compositions I’ve chosen for this post Ogni Pietra Olympico, Screaming and Passione are each creative, but in significantly different ways.
In Olympico, Dimash doesn’t seem to move a creative inch, but that just adds to the extreme intensity of the song. That is an appropriate creative interpretation of the song, whereas in Screaming, he’s all over the place, dancing, rapping and, frankly, ‘screaming.’ What a creative juxtaposing of musical genius!!!
Then there is Passione. How does one begin to describe the creativity in Passione? It has it all, but you have to see, hear, feel the ‘passion’. Such are all creative expressions of this magnitude, they can only be experienced, but not described. The mind has its limitations which is why the heart must enter into the creative event to encounter the ineffable.
It’s often humorous to listen to the scores of reviews of Dimash’s performances. They are all shocked, silenced, flummoxed, gobsmacked and dazed with wonderment. Now that’s creativity. Even the snobbish professional reviewers who often are opera singers and voice instructors resign to call him an alien and leave it at that.
Before we look deeper into the nature of creativity, here are the three songs I’ve featured to illustrate what I mean by Dimash’s creativity along with a few informed reviews.
OLYMPICO (OGNI PIETRA)
Now, to look further into the subject of creativity, let’s ask; what is creativity? The following are a few definitions from various dictionaries.
- The use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of artistic work.
- The ability to produce or use original and unusual ideas.
- Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something somehow new and somehow valuable is formed. The created item may be intangible or a physical object.
- The ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination.
In this post, let’s examine the nature of creativity and what we mean by creativity. It seems we all think we know what the word means on the surface, but I’d like to go a bit deeper and explore in practical terms how we can be more creative.
To be creative, as with Dimash, we must go outside the box, paint-by-numbers approach, or, as the last definition states: “to transcend.” But what does that mean and how do we do it?
Ask yourself how you feel when creating something new? Is it exhilarated, free, forward-looking, fulfilled, artistic? What else?
I think most of us would agree that we are never more fully human than while we’re giving expression to something inside wishing to be acknowledged, manifested and loved. It’s empowering to bring a part of ourselves into outward existence. This is why the creative are often among those most alive, happy and imaginative.
Van Gogh, cleverly stated: I dream my painting, I paint my dream.
For him, it all started with the dream. Or we might say, an imaginative vision… or perhaps even an epiphany. It’s whatever is seen in the mind’s eyes that we wish to manifest.
Unfortunately, few seemed to appreciate Van Gogh's creations, and so he became tormented and suicidal. When culture rejected his brilliant creations, he felt they rejected the essence of his being. By expressing the brilliance, he offered the world his genius. Unfortunately, it remained unappreciated while he was alive. What could be sadder?
Fortunately, Dimash can not only glory in his creations but be inspired by hundreds of millions throughout the world who love and adore him and his talent and creativity.
As for us; where do we start? Often it’s not clear what our creations might look like before they are completed, like entering a portal that has begun to open without knowing what to expect on the other side. That’s why we give form to whatever wishes to come into existence so that we might know it. And in admiring what we have created, we, in a sense, love and admire ourselves.
Once we proceed through the portal there could be any number of ups and downs, detours, refinements or even complete changes of course. What’s important is that we continue to wherever this light of inspiration leads us, or we’ll never know what we could have brought into existence as co-creators with the divine Source.
My experiences in writing Elysium’s Passage novel series has taught me how inspiration often comes only after we begin. That’s what creates. Inspiration occurs in the process of creation, not before and not after. Had I not begun to journal random thoughts, the story would never have emerged, and I would never have been able to enter into this alternate universe that still fascinates me.
The other point I would make is that once creativity gets traction, it doesn’t want to stop. What we put out there, we receive in more inspiration that we might continue with more and more; never-ending creations. It keeps creating more of its own good vibe that sustains us to perfect our work, as we create evermore.
When do you think Dimash is going to quit? I suspect never, not even when he breathes his last breath on this earthly plane of existence. Heaven will never be the same.
But he had to start somewhere. Likewise, before we can begin to create effectively, we need to find a happy place for our soul to create. Dimash was blessed to have a happy and supportive home to begin his stellar singing career when he was just five. My point is, that once we put our troubles aside, the creative process is able to do the rest. Once we begin with an attitude of gratitude and appreciation, we will have a foundation to build upon.
That’s because creation is an expression of love. That’s what I see in Dimash and in his ‘dear’ fans. When you think about it, we are conceived and created as expressions of love. So, whatever you envision in your mind’s imagination, and believe in, you can create it as a manifestation of love; be it a garden, a business, a poem, a song, a cake, an equation, or a book.
If you have the inspiration, your creation will unfold in your mind as it aligns with your mind’s frequency to materialize in whatever form you wish to mould. Some call this the Law of Attraction.
We are never more fully human than when we create since we’re all co-creators, created in the image of the Creator. And so, it’s in our essence-nature… what it means to be gods. The more we create, the more we bring heaven down to earth. As the English poet William Blake once wrote in a poem: Eternity is in love with the creations of time.
- There are several posts on this blog site that might prove inspirational in establishing a creative matrix.
Raise Your Vibe https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/a-higher-vibe
- Sowing Happy Seeds of Gratitude https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/sowing-happy-seeds-of-gratitude
- Let Your Light Shine https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/let-your-light-shine
- A Higher Vision https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/a-vision-a-call
- Creativity (from which this post is a Dimash adaptation) https://digitalbloggers.com/relationships/creating-creativity
Other Dimash posts:
- ART, SPLENDOR AND BEAUTY. https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/beauty-splendor-and-truth
- Dimash's Good Vibes
SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT
This the first in a series of five Elysium narrations regarding a young British philosopher named James Phillips, who finds himself living in an altered state of reality while still remaining on earth.
After experiencing a near-fatal fall while climbing to the summit of a remote mountain in the Andes, James awakens in a new dimension. He soon encounters two mysterious beings who provide him with a very different perspective on the nature of his existence. Over the next year, before his body recovers from the coma, he is challenged to re-examine his understanding of life’s meaning and purpose far beyond anything he previously believed or could believe.
An engaging and sometime surreal adventure with intimations of impending romance, the narrative explores the most important questions about life, death, reality, and our ultimate destiny.
The Plains of Elysium (Champs-Élysées) was described by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil, and many other poets as the paradisiac afterlife realm reserved for heroes. As the title suggests, this is about a journey through a passage that leads towards Elysium’s exciting realm of existence.
To read a sample press review at https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15515775.htm
The following comments are excerpts from among the first readers, including a number of Amazon five star reviews. To read the full reviews, go to READER REVIEWS on www.elysiumspassage.com or directly at https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/reader-reviews
"A delightful mix of fantasy, reality, conjecture, and humour; Mr Meyers draws the reader into the story with a gentle narrative that captures the imagination, leaving one anxious to get to the next page drawing you into his exceptional world.”
"Quietly, gently, and without imposition, the Author unfolds the pages, creating an intricate, interlocking bridge spanning the chasm between mind and heart. Renewing, refreshing, restoring. In my bereavement, it was vigil and light…"
“Excellently written with an exceedingly deep understanding of this world and the next. The characters are very well written and engaging. I can't wait to complete this book!"
“Takes the reader on both a philosophical and spiritual journey, a journey that at times is both disquieting and tranquil. James, a British Philosopher, can be irreverent and caustic, traits that should have left me cringing, but instead made me laugh out loud. Elysium’s Passage is a fun, enlightening and remarkable book.”
“This is a masterful fantasy, becoming a real possibility, as the reader is drawn into the story. The Summit leaves you anxious for the next book in the series, yet also leaves you totally satisfied with the world you have just visited. Genius! An exciting yet calming experience that is not to be missed."
"There was hardly a page on which I did not find at least one sentence worthy of hi-lighting for future reference. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed the main character, James, whose personality and passionate verbal exchanges with the other characters, kept me coming back for more. I am reading the book for a second time while I wait for the next one in this series to be made available."
“N.G. Meyers has clearly put a great deal of research and thought into what the afterlife may look like and I like his perspective. It’s an altogether welcoming and exciting vision. The book gives one a great deal to think about and a reassuring confidence that the end of our lives is truly the beginning of life in the next. I highly recommend it."
"I am really enjoying your book, it’s fantastic! It is so incredible and diversified that I can’t really explain it to other people, so what I say is just read this book. Thank you so much for the blessings that you’ve given the world!"
“The humour interjected into a serious discussion makes me laugh out loud. Totally unexpected....l may be in the presence of at least a master, if not a genius. A fair ride into reality... seeking that which is unseen, yet absolutely real.”
“An engaging story of adventure embracing man's deepest desire to search for meaning and purpose, N.G. Meyers takes the reader on an adventurous, thought-provoking journey. This book has substance. It is a perfect blend of adventure and fantasy combined with spiritual philosophy. It ignited my imagination. The author magically weaves a good story laced with wit and humour together with deep philosophical wisdom. This book has it all!”
“An evolution in thought is triggered by many fresh philosophical themes which could inspire readers to re-think their reality and former ideologies that have dictated their lives… the author fires readers’ imaginations to view what could be possible when spirit vacates the body.”
“This is the book spiritual seekers have been waiting for. For me, it granted a great read as well as increased inspiration to live every day with a heightened sense of purpose. I highly recommend it.
“The Summit is capable of hooking readers and luring them to search for Book 2 to discover more about Dr Philip’s surreal trek into the mysterious unknown universe. This thick book is well worth the read and to share…”
“Mind-blowing statements and speculation (‘…everyone is a non-physical thought form conceived in the Mind of God, preserved for all eternity because God’s thoughts never die…’). Many will find Meyers’ journey up the Mountain intriguing—and possibly even life-changing.” (BLUEINK REVIEW)
“In its effort to grapple with fundamental questions about the meaning of life, it raises questions that have echoed throughout the ages, including about where we come from, where we are going, who we are.” (CLARION REVIEW)
PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES
The Summit is now available for purchase. With the exception of the last novel, the other three have been written but still require more editing before publication.
The following titles in the Elysium's Passage series are projected to be released as follows:
THE ASCENT soon to be available
THE SUMMIT soon to be available
QUANTUM LEAPS summer 2021
SURREAL ADVENTURES summer 2021
MYSTICAL ROMANCE spring 2022
HE ELIXIR spring 2022
THE RETURN sometime in 2023
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