Article digging into the process of creativity: Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is one of the great living creative minds.

Bob Dylan is one of the great living creative minds.

I really enjoy reading about how people with amazing creative minds do that magic that they do. This article combines the topic of creativity with one of my favorite musical geniuses, Bob Dylan.

When I think about the word prolific, there are a few musicians that come to mind immediately. Bob Dylan is one of them. With a career that spans over five decades, touring continuously through nearly all of them, and the release of almost forty albums, Dylan seems to be a never-ending fount of creativity.

I have seen Dylan live dozens of times across three decades now and every time I am amazed. He plays multiple instruments and never has the set list been the same twice. How can he have THAT MANY lyrics inside his brain?? Just thinking about it makes my brain hurt. On top of that, Dylan has re-invented himself more times than I can count (who can forget his gospel phase?). Continue…

Hip Hop vocabulary

This creative interactive infographic exploring hip hop vocabulary is jam packed with data and research by Matt Daniels:

Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever.

I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop. I used each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics. That way, prolific artists, such as Jay-Z, could be compared to newer artists, such as Drake.

So the moral of the story is, we can’t judge vocabulary size without backing it up with the numbers.

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Hip hop vocabulary infographic

The Largest Vocabulary in Hip hop
Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28829 words, suggesting he knew over 100000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever (average people have a vocab of 5000 words). I decided to compare this data point against the most famous …

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A legend of jazz dies…

A legend of jazz dies…

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When the World Was ‘Mad About Brubeck’: Dave Brubeck, 1920-2012
Dave Brubeck—recently called “the reigning elder statesman of jazz” by the Washington Post—died Wednesday in Connecticut on his way to a cardiology appointment, one day shy of his 92nd birthday. But h…

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