I’d like to introduce and describe a short and simple Creative Intervention to try on your own. I developed this CI (Creative Intervention) for use in my Creativity Workshops.
The goal is to visualize the music you hear and transfer these images onto paper. It will take about 10 minutes to complete the exercise, but may be longer depending on how much time is devoted to your drawing; the musical piece is 5:25 minutes long.
But first, read the short list of instructions and then go for it!
A few Instructions:
1. The music selected for this particular Creative Intervention is Beethoven’s Pathetique Movement 2 by Freddy Kempf. I chose Freddy Kempf’s version over other artists for his expressiveness and sensitivity in interpeting this piece.
The link below is to a youtube video. The goal is to listen with your eyes closed. No peeking to watch Freddy during this exercise; you can watch him later!
Note: It’s important to be in an quiet environment for you to benefit from this exercise. So, close your office door or wait for better time.
2. Gather your supplies: white paper and drawing/coloring tools in different colors (crayons, colored pencils or markers). Anything you can draw with is fine, but make sure you have different colors.
3. Listen to the selected piece by clicking on the link. Remember- keep your eyes closed during the entire musical piece. The goal is to shut out outside visual images and noises, and focus on you.
While you’re listening, picture how the music would look if you could see it. What are the colors and shapes you see? Are there lines? Is it abstract? What are the rhythms, the melodies and mood(s) you see? How does the music make you feel? Are there words or just colors or images? Don’t worry about drawing anything you may not recognize – that’s not important to this exercise. Remember, there is no right or wrong way of doing this exercise – just your way.
Are you ready to begin?
Increase the volume on your computer to mid-way – Beethoven’s Pathetique Movement 2 is very soft in certain sections.
CLOSE YOUR EYES and listen for the entire duration. Click the youtube link below and listen to Freddy Kempf’s version Beethoven’s of Pathetique Movement 2. According to music interpretation, Pathetique in its entirety is not a sad song piece. Beethoven wrote this when he found out he was losing his hearing. The first movement is depicting the rage and sorrow he felt. The second movement (the youtube video below) is depicting the comfort he receives. The third movement is almost a testament of joy.
Now, draw what you ‘saw’ when your eyes were closed. When you’re finished, look at your drawing for a few minutes. Don’t be critical about it – it is what it is. Try this exercise with your favorite musical pieces – rock, alternative, classical, pop, etc. Compare the 2nd, 3rd drawing with the first.
Creative Interventions are not just for patients…
Creative Interventions should be experienced by all healthcare professionals, not just patients. Who will benefit? Nurses, doctors, ancillary nursing personnel, social workers, OT, PT, healthcare managers and executive staff, and academicians. By experiencing and expanding your own definition of creativity, it will ultimately benefit your patients and your daily interactions with others.
(stem cell garden, Marti Hand 2008)