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Musician Advice From The LEGO Movie

March 3, 2014

2014-03-03“Everything is awesome.”

If you haven’t seen the LEGO movie, it’s awesome. Yes, it is.

If you don’t want the movie spoiled, then don’t read this post. That said, I’ll try to keep it as un-spoilerry as possible.

In the movie, the main character Emmet has no imagination. All he does is follow the rules. He wants to be well-liked, so he tries to please people and just follow the rules of being normal.

Then there’s the master builders (like Batman for example. Yes, he’s in the movie). These guys throw rules out the window and are super creative, but they lack focus. 

Problems come when the Master Builders can’t figure out how to stop the bad guy. What ends up happening is Emmet (the rule follower) becomes their fearless leader and shows them how to utilize all their skill and talent in a smart effective way. 

Why is this important to music?

Because,

You can fall into either one of these traps. 

You can be Emmet, and just follow the rules with no imagination what’s so ever. You’re just doing what’s been done before, which won’t get you anywhere. It certainly didn’t get Emmet anywhere. Music is an art, not a sport, so don’t get too caught up in rules. You’ve got to be creative!

Or you can be a Master Builder. You can have all the skill and talent in the world, but no initiative to actually do anything (remember that hard work beats talent). You can be really creative, but you can be too unorganized and too artsy-fartsy to make your skill to be of any use. You need a sharp focus to succeed. 

If you’re are like me, you’ve been both at some point or another.

Being good at music is a balancing act. You’ve got to keep things from getting to technical and rule-ish, but don’t let it get so abstract that nothing gets done. Shoot, the LEGO people figured it out in a hour-and-a-half movie, so what’s stopping you?

 

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