Lately I’ve been on a kick where I remind myself that you can do fun, creative things even if you’re not doing them on a big level yet. When I mean by that is this: even if you’re just writing for a small publication, or your site doesn’t get a ton of traffic, or you’re only playing small clubs with your band, that still counts. Creativity is creativity and it feels good to do what you love to do, no matter if you’re being heard/read/seen by 30 people or 3 million people. Obviously a bigger audience is ideal, but the act of doing what you love shouldn’t get overshadowed by the situation in which you’re doing it.
Watching this video of Walk the Moon doing one of my new favorite songs, “Anna Sun”, made me realize just how true this is. The YouTube video is literally the band in someone’s living room, but the energy they have as they’re performing makes up for the lack of fancy equipment, lighting, and staging. If you read the description of the video and listen to the guys talk before they start the song, you figure out that the song was written while they were all in college together. Apparently they all had a professor named Anna Sun. If you want to take things to the next level of creepy, you can Google her. Not that I did that or anything….okay, anyway. The point is that it’s pretty cool that they wrote this as college kids and turned it into something big (they recently performed on Jimmy Fallon) but even when it’s stripped down and simple, they love performing it and that’s what matters. Here’s how the song sounds on the record if you want to hear that too. I absolutely love it. It’s so energetic and the sound is really different from anything I’ve been hearing lately. I guess Walk the Moon has been around for a while but they’re just starting to gain mainstream popularity. From what I’ve read online they’ve released one EP so far. You can pre-order their new album on Amazon. This is their site if you want to check out their other songs.
It’s amazing to look at legendary performers like Bob Dylan and marvel at his creativity and the success he’s had. Dude is an icon and there’s no denying it. But it’s also good to remember that you can tap into your creative side on a much simpler and more do-able level. Even Bob Dylan had to start somewhere.
How do you let yourself be creative? Singing in the shower counts…
Update: Many thanks to reader Emma for telling me about these great webisodes that Walk the Moon filmed. Definitely check them out. They’re awesome! I also found a cool article about the band on Her Campus. Check that out here.