Guitar Manifesto wants you to unleash creativity and go play. That’s my manifesto and I’ll tell you what inspired me to write one. I’ll also explain what Bruce Springsteen really thinks about politics.
So what’s a manifesto? “Manifesto” is typically a word you hear in politics. It is “a public declaration of intentions, opinions, objectives, or motives.”
I intend to steal its use by politicians for my own purposes and create something that didn’t exist before. So am I saying that a manifesto married with guitar is a public declaration about guitars? Not exactly. Guitar is my tool and my manifesto is the reason I use the tool. It’s the purpose of the tool. It’s my purpose–to unleash creativity.
This idea came to me after reading about a company called Baron Fig. They make notebooks. When you really think about it, a notebook is a tool. Along with their tool they also have a manifesto that inspires the company and their customers in ways to use the notebook and how it gives purpose. It’s such a cool manifesto which makes their product the rock star of notebooks. Who knew a notebook could be so sacred? I encourage you to check out their website for the entire manifesto but here are lines that stood out for me:
Focus with intensity
Be present–right here, right now
Commit, then do it
Play like a child
Finish what you start
I love that each line of their manifesto is listed separately making them equally important. What sticks out for me is this idea of working with focus and intensity. What I love even more is “Play like a child.”
“Play like a child” really hits home especially as a guitarist. It’s not something you would think to be part of a company’s purpose, but as a guitar player it makes total sense. Here’s what I mean.
The famous and great American songwriter Bruce Springsteen was asked in an interview if he would ever run for political office. This is not a question from outfield because Springsteen writes about hardship in America and for some people his music is political. Springsteen politely answered that he wasn’t interested but the interviewer really pushed saying he would be really effective and that people would listen. Then Springsteen got real serious and countered with the idea that a politician has a real job and that he didn’t want a real job. If he did, he would not have become a musician. When grown musicians ask each other if they want to play music together, they don’t ask, “Hey, would you like to accompany me as I strum my guitar?” No way! They say, “Hey, wanna play?! Let’s jam.” Each knows what the other means because there is that element of play. It was a great thing for Springsteen to say. Maybe it’s that element of play that has kept him at it for 40+ years.
Don’t misunderstand me. I don’t think the manifesto is saying to not get a “real” job.
When you combine focus with commitment and play, you have the recipe to make something great. For you it can be great music. So go and play!
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