CSO: Chief Songwriter Officer
Posted on May 13, 2010
Now that is a corporate title eh? Sign me up…. But how the heck could this be an actual position in a company? Well, read on, for the brain has many things to teach us.
As some of my readers may know, I have another life as a singer/songwriter (www.cdfreedom.com/kevinfleming). What has always struck me about music is how difficult it is to write a melody that will make the whole world stand up and sing. Certainly the theory can be taught, but how is it that “Rocky Mountain High” or “Brown-Eyed Girl” gets made from our brains? Especially when upon listening it seems very simple and yet moving.
Got me thinking that songwriting courses should be taught to executives. Not to create masterpieces, but to teach them that a melody is akin to the knowledge they are resisting underneath all their “data” and “theories”.
What is this resistance we have to courting simplicity or dare I say, common sense? The brain is powerful,but if we let it run wild too long, like a rolling snow ball, it will pick up extraneous variables down the hill, like ego, fear, and being right.
Before you know it when you want to contribute to something creatively you are focusing on you or the act of contributing.
Perhaps Thomas Merton was right when he said there was a difference between loving the beloved and loving ourself loving the beloved. The latter is like thinking too much when writing a piece of music…you will never allowed it to be what it should be—greater than you.