Thanks, Kyrie Gray for writing this piece today Your Idea Has Been Done Before, Do It Anyway. It hit me between the eyes.
You might’ve heard it said that: There may be only 7 stories in the world and Shakespeare wrote them all. Well, I do think this is true. Humans are similar. We have similar emotions and lives. We also have similar themes in our stories too, which is fine.
I am noticing this as I write my memoir and as I rehearse and get ready to record music.
Others have done this shit before!
For instance, my memoir is basically a mix between Ike and Tina Turner, Tonya Harding and her hubby, and O.J and Nicole, but it’s also unique because it’s my story.
I lived it. I survived it. I get to tell it.
In my music, I’m realizing how many similarities I might have with other vocalists and music artists but I’m also realizing I’m doing things differently so that makes it unique.
On his website, David Barsalou pointed out the similarities between comic books and the artist Roy Lichtenstein. This is obvious, but Lichtenstein still had major success.
Look at Picasso. No doubt in my mind he stole from (or got inspired by) ancient mask artists.
You’ve probably heard the quote ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal”.
This quote was a favorite of Steve Jobs but he was probably (mis)quoting Pablo Picasso who said “Lesser artists borrow; great artists steal” — who in turn might be rephrasing Igor Stravinsky, but both sayings may well originate in T. S. Eliot’s dictum:
“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different than that from which it is torn.”
The origin of this quote itself is an example of great artists stealing.
Yesterday as I was rehearsing music I realized how much I loved Adele’s style mixed with Ella Fitzgerald mixed with a few others — on a song I was arranging.
I combined them together. All art is just combining. That’s the point of it.
It’s OK that we are basically stealing stuff. That’s a reality of art. That’s the beauty.
So, if you have an idea do it your way and it WILL be a new idea!
THANKS FOR READING!
Michelle Monet has published 6 non-fiction books including 4 Poetic Memoirs. Her upcoming Memoir will be about her life in show business. It will be a story of redemption and healing. She is also writing a Broadway Musical show based on her life story.