Inspiration of The Elements

Sometimes when we're songwriting, it's easy to listen a little too closely, so closely where you can't seem to hear anything at all. In these times, we can listen in on the world around us and all of the rhythmic beauty that it has to offer our creative senses. Tune in. 

In this particular case, we’re focused today specifically on nature’s elements. “According to the five elements theory, everything in nature is made up of five elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space. It is said that understanding the theory behind these five elements of nature can help understand the laws of nature and to use this knowledge to achieve greater health and happiness” says Tint Yoga. Whether you live by the beach or way up in the mountains, patterns and sonic gifts are all around you, you just have to listen a little more sometimes. The wind, the waves, the quick flickering of a candle, there’s something to learn from that which is effortless around us. It’s tiny nuances are effective and mesmerizing all at once.

Less is more, almost always and especially when it comes to inspiration. We can often overdo it and try too hard when it comes to writing our very own Magnum Opus, which is regarded as an artist's most important work. When we attempt to emulate something that we are not, we can get lost and drift from the original intention, which was usually something pure. If this occurs, it’s best to go back to the beginning and nature has a wonderful way of doing this. Start small and recognize the patterns and rhythms within the waves or the slight and gradual shifts as the rain gets heavier. 

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One of our very favorite parts of the musical aspects within nature itself is the dynamics woven in seamlessly. Any and all elements of nature have an unpredictable and almost unnoticeable gradual change, much like a lot of wonderful music. When it hits you, you never saw it coming. Nature has a way of just picking up and striking at a moment’s notice, much the same as one of music’s best qualities.

In a lesson in Biomimicry, which is in short - the study and blending of technology and nature's systems, in an effort by Japan to quiet the sonic boom produces by many of its high powered trains, "engineers turned to an unlikely source, the Kingfisher. With their elongated beak, Kingfisher birds are able to travel between the air and water with very little splash while hunting for prey. Engineers redesigned the train in the image of the bird, giving the train a long beak-like shape at the front of the train. With this simple upgrade, the engineers were able to reduce the noise of the train with the added benefits of having a train that uses 15% less electricity, and that is 10% faster than the original." This is just one of the many life lessons that we can learn if we're willing to be patient and quiet our mind enough to be able to listen to that and those who may not necessarily want to be heard.