Abra Tuesday March 20, 2007, 0 comments

The spotlight followed the man across the stage, highlighting his natty, tailed tuxedo jacket and glinting off his highly polished wing-tipped shoes. He stopped in the middle of the cracked, peeling old stage, a man and a pool of light in an otherwise dark and hushed room.

With a flourish of his hand, he produced a startlingly white dove. He began to speak:

“Pay close attention. There is nothing up my sleeve. No trick mirror or secret compartments. There is only what I am about to show you. There is only the truth.

“For the memorable past, the powers that be in this world have been hiding this truth from you. They’ve been hoarding it to themselves and not letting you see it. They have stolen it from you, and I am here to give it back.”

His hands moved again, and there were two white doves, one in each hand. He continued:

“The fact is, creativity has been taken from you. Not the act. Just the word. For years you’ve been told that you are not creative unless you are artistic. Unless you are a painter, or a musician, or a writer. Only if you are one of the artistic elite, contributing to the greater cultural good are you creative.

“And I am here to tell you this is not the case! It is time we rise and take creativity back! The man working in the steel factory is creative. He is creating wealth for his employer. He is creating money with which to feed and clothe and educate and entertain his family. The police officer, creating stability and safety. The girl in the coffee shop, creating ripples of smiles that percolate through the days of her patrons!

“These people are creating! They are not creating some vapid, pretentious culture that is obscure and obnoxious and makes people feel stupid if they don’t agree with the “artist’s” point of view, if they don’t understand what they are hearing. They are creating!”

His hands flipped again, and a flock of brilliant white doves sat on his arms. He concluded with one final statement:

“They are creating life. You are creating life. You are creative. Never let them take it away.”

And then the spotlight was empty, except for the doves as they fluttered down toward the cracked, peeling hardwood stage.


Comments

Commenting has ended for this post, but I'd still love to hear from you.

The website of Adrian Lebar

A Rain of Frogs is written, designed and built by Adrian Lebar, a twenty(!) year veteran of web design and development. He is currently managing web and mobile development teams at Canada’s largest and most beloved classifieds site, Kijiji!

He is a father, sailor, snowboarder, skier, cyclist, writer, artist, graphic designer, classically trained musician and afraid of heights.

Adrian is not currently available for freelance and contract work. Learn more.

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.”
- Dr. Seuss

Twitter

  • “This Is How Your Fear and Outrage Are Being Sold for Profit” by @TobiasRose t.co/USlBc2bup8 Tuesday July 25, 2017
  • t.co/kFOlRCeusb isn't about the subject, but the photographers relationship to the subject. t.co/1ixyhdniux via @YouTube Tuesday July 25, 2017
  • Thriller, Dragon's Lair, Ghostbusters, Vincent Price.Peak 80s or just a flashback to my childhood? t.co/1AgPFOb8Xc via @YouTube Monday July 24, 2017
  • “…entrepreneurship seems like a sport. And the score depends on scale. How big can you get? How fast?” — @jasonfried t.co/hgcUyO87yL Monday July 24, 2017
  • “…20-somethings on the Upper West Side in enormous apartments who almost never seem to actually work?”  — @AmyAndSir t.co/nYjnsLvCkz Monday July 24, 2017
  • I didn't know they were making a movie. Great book. Looking forward to seeing how it translates. t.co/uzysPeR1PW via @YouTube Monday July 17, 2017
  • An F-18 just flew over our house. Sunday July 16, 2017
  • From a wookie's perspective, Chewbacca is the handsome rogue and Han is the dumb sidekick communicating in animal noises. Friday July 14, 2017
  • I'm kinda digging on this. t.co/AfDCjaEz9u via @techcrunch Wednesday July 12, 2017
  • Everything is something. Except nothing — that's something else altogether. Tuesday July 11, 2017