Thinking Out Loud – A Break from Similar Minded People

Recently, I had the pleasure of catching-up with a friend I haven’t seen since… gosh, maybe high school or further. We took different paths, but we both were in the realms of art (visual, performance, acoustic, etc.).

During our moments talking to each other, we expressed the similar need to take breaks from people who shared the same interest as ours. That while going to school, being in the same company working, or chilling with people that were in the same artistic field at you is a dream… it can be very exhausting.

Exhausting, and even annoying to be constantly bombarded by the constant stimuli of talking about one simple topic?

Why is that? Why did we need to take a break from art and like-minded artists to pursue art?

Could it be because of the expression “great minds think alike, but fools rarely differ,” where being with similar people can limit your perspectives? Or a forewarning that “jack of all trades, master of none; but better than a master of one,” where staying on one path also limits artistic growth?

Does anyone else have the need to take breaks from people of your field to grow more? Or, am I…

Just thinking out loud.

Author: Bryan M. Waring

Bryan Waring is a graduate of USM's School of Music with a B.M. in Performance – Composition and is now attending Belmont University for a M.M. in Commercial Media – Composition & Arranging. During his time at USM, he studied violin with Dino Liva and composition with Dr. Daniel Sonenberg, as well as has premiered several pieces during the semiannual Composer's Ensemble concert series. In 2017, Bryan was a writer for the original musical theater work of "Molded By The Flow," directed by Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert. Outside of school, Bryan has been involved with writing music for videogame developers at Portland's CI2 Lab, collaborating with the King Tide Party, and studying with Larry Groupé (Straw Dogs) in San Diego. Now living in Nashville. Along with composing, Bryan teaches music to children, receiving the Master Teacher Award for his work at ESF Camps; and does audio engineering for live ensembles. Besides talents in music, Bryan is a team-player in any competitive work environment; equipped with skills in leadership, organization, mathematics, creativity, communication, and managing. On the side, Bryan has worked as a model for several skilled artists in the New England area. Among his other accomplishments include obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout in April 2013 with a project of building a side parking area with guide rails for Webb Mountain Park in Monroe, CT.

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