INTRODUCTORY NOTE:Â This is the written version of a talk given by Sam Barrett in sacrament meeting February 2014 as part of the Berkeley Ward’s arts Sunday. The assigned topic was “What CREATINGÂ teaches me about the CREATOR.” Sam works in advertising and is also a composerÂ under the name Samson Y Hiss. His stuff is fun and creepy and weird—circus-hell music, you might say. (Worth mentioning: He agreed to let me post this here after seeing the word “grotesque” on the AMV about page.)
Samson Y Hiss is currently raising money on Indiegogo to record his music with real musicians on real instruments. I highly recommend checking the project out and supporting it. I have a cd of his work in the car and it certainly makes late-night drives more nightmarey. (The photos here are taken from the Indiegogo page.)
By means of introduction, if I remember correctly, the talk is structured around his day-to-day thinking about the topic as he prepared. You know. In case you find an all-caps MONDAY confusing.
In the mid 40â€™s at midnight in Manhattan, a young man named Thelonious Monk was working as a pianist at a nightclub. Much of his style was developed during thisÂ time as he participated in â€œcutting competitionsâ€ which featured many leading jazzÂ soloists. While engaged in one of these sessions he fell upon an old song heâ€™d writtenÂ years ago at the age of 19 back in North Carolina. Returning to the song nearly 13Â years later as a superior musician he embellished upon the tune greatly almost toÂ the point of rewriting it completely. This new tune would become known as RoundÂ Midnight. A song a number of jazz artists including Cootie Williams wouldÂ reinterpret for years to come. Round Midnight became the most recorded jazzÂ standard composed by a jazz musician. It appears in over 1000 albums.
He sold candy and newspapers on trains running from Port Huron to Detroit, andÂ sold vegetables to make money. He also studied qualitative analysis, and conductedÂ chemical experiments on the train until an accident prevented further work of thatÂ kind. Moving to Newark, New Jersey Thomas Edison began his career as an inventorÂ with the automatic repeater and other improved telegraphic devices, but theÂ invention that first gained him notice was the phonograph in 1877. TheÂ accomplishment was so unexpected by the public at large as to appear almostÂ magical. It recorded on tinfoil around a grooved cylinder. And despite its limitedÂ sound quality and that the recordings could be played only a few times, theÂ phonograph made Thomas Edison a celebrity. And he became known as â€œTheÂ Wizard of Menlo Parkâ€ New Jersey.
Creators come in many forms. They are musicians, painters, sculptors, inventors,Â scientists, philosophers. They are actors, writers, directors, designers, builders,Â preachers. They are moms, dads, grandpas, grandmas; even crazy uncles. As sonsÂ and daughters of God creativity is an all of us no matter our profession or position. more