Spin it your own way!

Spin it your own way!

People say there is nothing new under the sun.
I heard this phrase again recently––and I still don’t buy it.  I was reminded why I don’t buy into this while I watched the Grammy’s this month. I’m not usually an award show watcher but this year’s show hooked me in as soon as I turned the channel, I mean Metallica and Lady Gaga––need I say more?
As good as many of the musicians were, the highlight of the show was the tributes to two entertainers who greatly influenced my generation, George Michael and Prince. We felt their loss all over again as their tribute songs, and images from their lives flashed in the background.
I was washing dishes when Bruno Mars got on stage wearing a purple suit and a white shirt that was so reminiscent of Prince I thought for a minute they were showing old footage of him. Prince’s symbol lit up the backdrop as Bruno got on with business singing the classic, Let’s go Crazy. I rinsed some dishes. Bruno was through the first part of the song. I was impressed, but nervous for all of us. I drained the water and dried my hands. A short silence was heard, the same pause Prince took before one of the most epic guitar solos then and now. This was the moment of truth, and to be honest, I didn’t think he could pull it off. 
He held the note, just like Prince had, then he took off. It wasn’t the Prince solo. The nuances, the riffs and runs were different and as he played, I realized he was nailing it. While his guitar wailed, I realized why he was pulling it off––even though it was Prince’s song, he was making it his own. He made something new. And he rocked it!
So to the ‘people’ who say that everything under the sun had already been done, I think you’ve forgotten one huge variable––an individual’s unique point of view. Each of us see life and do life through a unique lens. Our background, training, creative ideas, goals, friends, race, gender, (really the list is endless) allows us to make something new out of all that old stuff.
I say we don’t buy into that old cliche. Shake up life. Bring your own flavor to each day. Try a new riff. Make that invention. Write that story even if it is the old man vs. man adage, twist it up and surprise yourself and your reader. Instead of asking the grocery clerk how their day is, ask what their favorite color is. Go crazy. Be unique––let’s prove the ‘people’ wrong.
Would love to know your spin on things…

Image note:  I shot this guitar (the image above) a few years back at the Musical Instrument Museum here in Scottsdale, AZ. A great place to go if you love music and instruments, imagine that!

  • Kim

    It amazes me that you can articulate your thoughts in to writings so well. Love this. Keep blogging!

    February 24, 2017 at 2:31 pm
  • Sarah Bailey

    Thanks for this Carmie! As I’m typing, I’m listening to some vintage Prince!! I am with you….I am constantly amazed by what people create that has never been seen before!! There is always something new….if you’re awake enough to see it!

    February 24, 2017 at 4:11 pm
  • In the world of wine, there is always new things. For me, no matter how much education I have (or continue to get), there will always be something new and exciting!

    February 24, 2017 at 5:17 pm
  • Yes there are indeed new things under the sun! Isn’t that the essence of creativity?

    February 24, 2017 at 9:27 pm
  • Very well articulated Carmen. This one I’m going to muse on for a wee while before I give my thoughts on the subject.
    There is no doubt in my mind that we continue to be, as this life goes on and to our detriment, like sheep following each other around. Crazes and fazes, what’s in and what’s ‘so yesterday’, alot the while not recognizing how we respond when we experience someone living life in a fresh ‘spin’, using their own individual gifts and talents to bring color to an otherwise dull life. We need less sheep. We weren’t created to be a flock and yet the analogy is used to describe us….ugghh I could go on and on. So apparently I am musing out loud. Lol. Thank you for the share and the great creation of dialogue over a wonderful subject. You, my friend, are most definitely no ‘sheep!’

    February 25, 2017 at 4:23 pm
  • Mary izzo

    Great article , Carmen. I agree that everything has already been done; no word is virginal. But I also agree that we can make it new again, simply because we are bringing our own unique self into the picture. For example: I’m writing a story about my life. When I’m finished with this book, there will never be another one like it. Never. Because it’s my history and my perception. The same goes for fiction; there may be familiar elements in the story, but when the writer throws in his/her experiences, the piece becomes unique.

    I once had a creative writing professor who told us to to steal as much as you can. No one will notice. That same professor also told us to write what we know. Consequently, we all know something different because of our experiences. I admit, I have stolen a good phrase or sentence here and there, but I’m sure if the original creator were to read my unique piece they wouldn’t notice at all. And if they did notice, I’m sure they would like it.

    February 26, 2017 at 1:07 am

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