This week I was able to see two very different musical acts in two distinct venues, U2 at Heinz Field and Nick Cave at Carnegie Music Hall. Wow, one show could not have been more different than the other! And while U2 was familiar and homey and filled me with sweet nostalgia, Nick Cave (whom I had never even heard of before my husband dragged me out to Oakland last night) was new and mesmerizing in a dark but brilliant way.
Although I had not been particularly looking forward to seeing a strange Australian artist I’d never heard of before, it was this man and not the familiar choruses of the Joshua Tree that stayed with me long after the songs went silent. It got me to wondering why this was, and if seeking out new artistic experiences is paramount to continuing creativity?
I’m a jeweler who easily weaves delicate yellow and white gold concoctions for my clients. But Cave’s post-punk baritone and impeccably tailored black suit atop crisp button-down had me tripping on visions of oxidized snakeskin textured jewelry with worn leather touches.
New sights, new sounds. New visions in my head. Neuroscience says the brain grows stronger every time we try something off our normal routine. This can be as simple as taking the longer way home from work or plopping our mat down in a new spot in yoga class.
This week it was going from swaying to Bono at Heinz Field to standing frozen in curious delight at Carnegie Music Hall. As my stress floated away, space opened up in my often crowded brain, space for oxidized snakeskin jewels….
Stop by if you are looking for any ! lol 🙂