Did you see that moment on the Oscars? The composer guy? What he said? No, me neither. I was already out. I don’t really believe in the validity of award shows. Who’s to say what’s the best? It’s all subjective. Personally, I mainly like seeing all the pretty, and not so pretty dresses. It’s amazing to me how some of those folks, with buckets of cash and supposed ‘stylists’ are allowed to leave the house looking like they do. And how do some of those women sit in those dresses?
Anyway. Back to the composer guy. Michael Giacchino won for best original score for Up. Which by the way, awesome movie. Up is all about the characters and the story. Story, story story. John Lasseter was recently interviewed about how it’s not about the tools that you use, it’s the story you start with. No amount of bells and whistles can disguise a bad story.
Anyway. Back to the composer guy. Click on the video below to see his acceptance speech. Sorry, there’s a commercial.
First off, I love that he never had his creativity squashed. Second I love the word choice. ‘Creativity is not a waste of time.’
Creativity often gets saddled with such a bad rap: that it’s frivolous, that you have to be born with creativity, that it’s playing games, that it’s only for artistic types. None of this is true. I especially hate the way the school system would like to stamp out creativity. Facts, math, science. There is one multiple choice way to do things. Testing is good. Testing may be good for statistics, but for students? Really?
Creativity is such an important tool in every profession. It’s not merely an artistic stranglehold. Scientists have to be creative. Creativity is thinking outside the box. How do you think new inventions come into being? They are invented by creative out of the box thinkers. We must encourage creativity at every turn, in every occupation, in every human being. Creativity is not a waste of time.