What’s that creative project you’ve been meaning to get done? Let’s make 2014 the year to make it happen.
As 2013 drew to a close, we asked you to declare your creative New Year’s resolution; we heard from more than 300 people ready to write, compose, build, dance, and perform. We’ll follow four people throughout the year:
Send them your advice — and cheer them on!
We hope their creativity and ambition is contagious.
Recently in 2014 Creative Resolutions
Friday, July 11, 2014
Composer and indie rocker Mike Doughty made a New Year’s Resolution to kickstart a long-delayed project: writing a rock opera based on the Book of Revelation. How’s it working out so far? Well, the Earth hasn’t opened up to swallow him yet.
Monday, June 30, 2014
June Update: I’m excited to report that Jenrose Fitzgerald and I are working on mostly original material. I am feeling more confident about singing and trusting of my voice. I am continuing the work to improve my range and technique. But my main focus is songwriting, arranging, and playing guitar.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
June Update: It's crazy to think that we are approaching the halfway mark of this year. I have, finally, settled on a theme... I am going to do a seasonal painting of foliage and the sky. I really like the way it is showing the different hues of the sky and a progression of time.
Friday, May 09, 2014
One of our listeners, Gabriel Walker, made a New Year’s resolution to kick his music career into a higher gear. His biggest step: moving from a tiny town in Kentucky to the richer music and nightlife scene in Louisville. He visited Louisville to scope out his prospects and meet his long-distance songwriting partner in person.
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
May Update: They say laughter is the best medicine, and I'm sure it can be except when you've just had your abdomen sliced open. Waking up every morning and laying there trying to see what hurts and what doesn't is not necessarily interesting but it IS curious...
Monday, April 14, 2014
April Update: I finished a cut of the text, and, I have to say, I’m surprised that I didn’t have to get rid of much. Generally, I amalgamated angels — there are maybe two dozen individual angels with speaking roles — and I cut a large number of earthquakes. John the Revelator just could not get enough ...
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
April Update: I tried to contact my singing voice only to find it had moved, and left no forwarding address. Having tracked it down, I find it now resides in a much smaller abode. My range has gone from 3 octaves to a mere 1 octave. Pitch control and placement are sketchy. Oi! Vocal exercises have begun in earnest ...
Friday, March 21, 2014
What’s the creative project you’ve been meaning to get done? Adrienne Ognibene, from Takoma Park, Maryland, resolved to complete six paintings and twelve large-scale charcoal drawings by year’s end. “I went to the back-to-school sale at the old art store I went to when I was in college ...
Thursday, March 13, 2014
March Update: This month, I’ve been thinking an awful lot about aging. When one is the primary caregiver for an aging parent, it is amazing how quickly your life can collapse in on itself. So I’ve been seeking out my favorite comedians and learning how to laugh freely as opposed to wryly. ...
Friday, March 07, 2014
What is the creative project you want to tackle in 2014? Gabriel Walker, from Maysville, Kentucky, has played guitar for 40 years. But his music got sidelined by a career in sound design, producing other peoples’ music instead of performing his own. “I became fearful of taking the risk,” ...
Friday, February 07, 2014
As a young adult, Whoopi Goldberg inspired Julie Bayley to try stand-up comedy. Julie loved performing late night sets, but found herself limited by “a really horrific habit: I had to eat three times a day.” Instead, she parlayed some of those skills into a career as a marketer. Thirty years later ...
Friday, January 17, 2014
What’s the creative project you’ve been meaning to get done? When we put out the call in December, we heard from hundreds of people eager to throw their hat in the ring, and commit themselves to following through on their artistic plans. Adrienne Ognibene says she had “a passionate love affair with ...
Friday, January 10, 2014
What is the creative project you’ve been meaning to get done? Last year, we followed four listeners who, with our periodic encouragement/nagging, all reached their goals. When we put out the call for 2014, we heard from hundreds of people eager to throw their hat in the ring ...
Monday, December 09, 2013
What’s the creative project you’ve been meaning to bite off for years? Finishing your novel? Learning how to play an instrument? Or maybe it’s more of a creative challenge: writing a poem a day or painting 365 portraits. Let’s make 2014 the year to get it done! And we’re here to help.