Don’t Be Shy With Your Creative Weirdness, Here Is Why... Great Music Was Created By Bizarre People
Some people may call it a curse while others will say it’s a blessing, but creative genius usually comes hand in hand with some amount of oddity. This fact has played itself out in history and across numerous disciplines, including sports, art, music, and science to name a few.
From Van Gogh to Einstein, there is always a little (or a lot of) kink in their personalities that have left many scratching their heads. With that said, there is nothing to be ashamed of if you realize your songwriting skills often lead to, well, rather unusual affinities. You see, some of the most famous creators of good music were either very weird in behavior, or the things they wrote about, or both. If anything you’re in good company. Here are a few examples:
- Wolfgang Mozart: The world knows him as one of the most notable composers, with his compositions still impacting the music world today. Yet, he was a weirdo, having an unfathomable obsession with flatulence, fecal matter and cats. There have been notions to suggest that he was a sufferer of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but whether he did or not, it is highly unlikely that he would have been able to make the mark he did if he was any less eccentric.
- Prince (or the Artist Formerly Known as…): This late pop icon and “Purple Rain” singer blazed a trail that only few in the modern music era can match. But he was a rather strange one, judging by his controversial career moves and habits. Prince changed his name in such a way that people weren’t sure what to call him, wore pieces that defied fashion (although he was a fashion icon), and displayed behavior from time to time that had people questioning whether there were a few bolts loose in his upstairs.
- Lady Gaga: Call her the ‘Fame Monster’ if you like but Gaga ranks right up there with some of the most bizarre singers and songwriters of our time. Who can forget her meat-themed dress, head-turning outfits, often dark lyrics, and controversial utterances? But she’s a well-loved and extremely talented songwriter’ and performer who has left an indelible mark on the music business so far.
The list of bizarreness can go on and on, but by now you would have realized that your weird level of creativity might actually be normal when compared to others who have gone before. Either way, expressing yourself the best way you know how could be what helps you to stand out from among other songwriters.
Don’t hold back on letting your wild side out (at least, not as long as it is legal). In addition to possibly creating the kind of music that could get you recognized, this could be the way your fan base gets started; just as how there are bizarre songwriters and artists, there are also bizarre fans who have ears for that kind of stuff.
So, do you have weird inspirations for writing music? Maybe your muse is a pink, stuffed unicorn that you have to tickle at night, or maybe you have to always sleep on a particular side of the bed in order for the lyrics to come to you. Whatever it is, it could be your very own creative genius that is looking for a way to come out. Work with it.