Hearing with New Ears by Sarah Bryan

IMG_5924 Last week, I talked about seeing the world with fresh eyes, using Creative Vision to make mundane sights into inspiration sources. We look at the world around us, and seek out the beautiful, inspiring, and delightful things in our everyday surroundings. We can find inspiration with more than just our eyes, though. We have ears, too, and they have the power to open up a world of imaginative, creative possibilities.

Think about all the sounds around you in a normal day. What  do you hear? A shower running at daybreak, car doors slamming as neighbors leave for work, espresso machines and chatter at the local coffee shop, keyboards clicking in the office. On and on it goes. From morning to evening, we’re surrounded by sounds both lovely and mundane. They form the background noise of our lives, a constant but often underheard soundtrack to our daily actions. Though all around us, we rarely pay them any attention.

What if we DID pay attention? A cousin to Creative Vision, Creative Hearing mines the everyday in search of the inspiring. Like August Rush’s traffic noise symphony, Creative Hearing helps uncover the music amid the mundane sounds of daily life. With our ears tuned in, the shower becomes a melody line, and the keyboards tap out a staccato beat. Now the noise isn’t just noise; it’s an inspiration source.

As you go through your days this week, go with your ears open to the world around you. Use Creative Hearing to do more than just label the noise; find the melodies and rhythms. Listen for song already playing around you, and use it to inspire your creativity!


Sarah HeadshotSarah is the co-founder of Bright Ideas, a designer by trade, and an artist by passionate choice. She was born and raised in South, and delights in sharing Southern culture with anyone who cares to learn. Sarah collects creative hobbies; when she isn’t making art, you can usually find her on the dance floor. Follow her creative adventures on Instagram and Twitter!