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One time when I was at an elementary school summer camp I was following a boy in front of me as we were running into a classroom. The lights in the classroom were already off and I saw him run ahead of me. Suddenly he tripped over the chair of a desk and fell forward onto the ground. Whenever that happened I had this strange vision where I could see his perspective of what it was like even though he was far in front of me.
This was when I first noticed my visionary mind. Those high in one of the big five personality traits called openness tend to be more interested in ideas; Those who are high in openness are highly creative. It's as if ideas and visions just sprout from nowhere.
As time has progressed my propensity towards the creative realm has not diminished in any way. In reality it has only gotten stronger as I've trained it through writing and drawing alongside interacting with others to learn from a diverse range of experiences.
Similarly, ever since I was a boy, I would always get some type of song stuck in my head. If it wasn't a song then it was a simple rhythm constantly playing over and over again. As I grew older I explored the Fine Arts, playing in concert and marching band from 6th to 12th grade. My hyperactive mind then became a tremendous advantage as I could get the music stuck in my head quite easily. Due to this I could be practicing and reinforcing my knowledge even when an instrument wasn't in front of me.
Today I utilize my hyperactive mind in the context of writing, storytelling and art analysis for the Apollo Art Exchange. When I look at a piece of art it feels as if words come out of nowhere. Excuse what might sound as spiritual esotericism but it feels as if the piece calls forth to me from a higher order. It doesn't take very much effort for me to look at a piece and instantly invoke singular words, phrases or even full sentences to convey the work’s experience in my own perspective.
Today, a song is always stuck in my head.
When one song isn't stuck in my head then another is instead. Alternatively it can be the voice of a content creator I've listened to on YouTube or even the voice of an author when reading their work. I can only speak for myself, but I do believe this is the mark of a creative mind high in openness. I have read that artists like Kanye describe something similar. It’s as if their artistic spirit possesses them to fuel their enthusiasm as a cultural pioneer.
When I listen to music I often get visions of what I imagine the music video to appear as. Most times this presents itself in relation to my personal life in the context of both triumph and tragedy. Listening to the song “Gravity” by The Code presents visions of a dangerous hedonistic lifestyle with a car crash at the end while the song “NARC” by Mega Drive inspires scenes of music production climaxed by an endless fall within a psychedelic void.
I cannot explain where these visions come from; I can only interpret my visions similarly to the way I study and respect the dreamscape as clues from the collective unconscious.
Whenever artists have a vision it's not as if they simply think of it. It's that the vision comes to them suddenly. An artist may have a vision in their dreams and choose to replicate it upon a concrete canvas while another may have a vision or an idea during their waking hours.
The creative type must create their vision before it evaporates into the forgotten void of the collective unconscious.
A few years ago I considered producing music. I never got around to exercising that consideration. It is something that I look upon with great curiosity as I can easily add multiple layers to a song I'm listening to live by tapping, drumming, singing or humming. When Kanye's stem player came out I was immediately intrigued all over again. It felt as if this calling was instantly reinvigorated, reinforced and reintroduced into my mind. Suddenly this passion came flooding back to me and it felt like I wanted to create some music. Although I haven't purchased the stim player I still look on with great curiosity as I wonder what will happen when I begin my creative endeavor into the musical region of the creative domain.
For now I am stuck only with my thoughts, my visions and the songs that always play in my head.
Some might call me crazy, others call me RADIOHEAD.