Musicians of Rochester: David Costello
June 22, 2017
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How is Your Brain Wired?

To me, a creative is anyone who, frankly, is creative. Do you write music, stories, poems? Do you paint, draw or do sketches? Do you build models or design buildings? If so, you are a creative. These types of individuals are only a small sample of the thousands, if not millions of creatives in the world today. My question is – How is YOUR brain wired?

Let me see if I can explain mine. By trade I am a Data Analyst. I analyze numbers and names and all sorts of things that need to be analyzed. This jacks up the left side of my brain. It also means that math rules the world! Why, because everything in some shape or form is a calculation. Distance from the sun, miles per gallon, beats in a measure – well you get the point.

The musician-side of me is the complete opposite, yet the perfect compliment. The whole creative side of my brain is pretty much parks on the left side. Right side + left side = the perfect environment for musical composition.

The problem with me is I do it backwards. If I want to write a song, regardless of the application I normally pick a drum track and create based on that drum track. Not so sure why, but works for me. I don’t work off a thought or melody or lyrics, just the drum track and fill all the rest in later.

BUT – if I am working on instrumental music my approach is a bit different. See, I believe any tidbit of an idea can develop into a composition or story or poem. That is where I start. I set my hands on the keyboard, ask for divine guidance and play. When it’s all said and done – then I analyze and tweak. My brain likes to look at symbols so here is an example of where I end up:

My brain easily translates this into something I can understand. How does yours function?

Next Episode: There is More to This Than Meets the Eye.