Although music is my primary source of inspiration – just listening to the right album can set my mind wandering into fabulous worlds of my own making – it isn’t my only means of creative sourcing.
Silent movies are my second-most preferred gateway into idea surfing. Why? They are exotic enough to be from another time, but feature characters and situations that are still a part of the human condition. The musical scores accompanying them have no words to distract from the melodic story unfolding. And some of the sets and costumes are pure fantasy!
Oddly enough, exposing myself to this visual and aural culture really helps to fill up my creative gas tank, so to speak. I never feel stale or artistically stalled when there is another film to be discovered. And that helps my mind’s eye to dream up fanciful new whimsies.