The 60th anniversary of Under Milk Wood on The BBC

Dylan_Thomas_photo60 years ago today, the Dylan Thomas masterpiece was performed on BBC radio. Under Milk Wood became a classic, and Richard Burton delivered what he considered one of his greatest ever performances.

The fact the radio play was ever finished was impressive.

Dylan Thomas was very ill, but was forced into touring New York for financial reasons. However, he still managed to get the radio play finished. Thomas would die in New York aged just 39, before his, now famous, BBC radio play was broadcast.

A great artistic inspiration

Dylan Thomas has since inspired generations of artists in every medium. Bob Dylan was so inspired, he famously took the name Dylan for his stage name.

What an amazing legacy. What an inspiration. Rest In Peace Mr Thomas.

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Find your shipping recipe

Lets do this

An early morning, with a notebook and some coffee or green tea. That’s what does it for me. That’s the recipe to get my mind flowing with ideas and for those ideas to get shipped. In my case, shipped means written up for my readers. I get ideas all day, but I have found that early mornings work best for getting those ideas transformed from thoughts into things.

It doesn’t matter what works for you

What matters is that you find your recipe, to get the ideas flowing and shipped. Practice. Try things. Change the media from pen to pencil. From computer to tablet. From keyboard to paint. From guitar to sound sequencer.

It doesn’t matter, just so long as it works for you… so long as it gets the idea from your head into; the marketplace, the world, the community, the clients hands or into the readers inbox. Steve Jobs was right, real artists ship. So, find your shipping recipe and get your art out there.

Einstein explains why your imagination is so important

We all know that Albert Einstein had one of the greatest scientific minds in history. What many people don’t know, is that Einstein was also a passionate artist, who called upon his artistic imagination to see into the mysteries of the universe and unravel them.

Here’s a quote from The Saturday Evening Post in 1929, which shows the importance Einstein attributed to his artistic imagination:

“I am enough of the artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

Yes, it is essential for us to build our bank of knowledge. However, it is just as important to embrace the power of our imagination and develop our creative thinking skills.

Knowledge alone is not enough. As Calvin Coolidge famously said, the world is full of educated derelicts.

Living your dreams?

Those who make a difference — those who improve their lives, their communities and their world, are doers. People of action. Dreams are fantastic, but we need to live our dreams if we want to make them real… if we want to make a difference. This requires intelligent activity.

Chanting to the universe… Cosmic Ordering. These act as a narcotic, to ease the pain of being less than you can be. They distract their advocates from the very real fact that the clock is ticking. They provide an alibi for those scared of doing… after all, it’s not THEIR fault if the universe isn’t listening to them, they say.

Here’s what we know works, from every great artist who has ever lived: Intelligent action is required.

The need for action

“Action expresses priorities.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“What one does is what counts. Not what one had the intention of doing.” – Pablo Picasso

“Do the thing and you will have the power.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Well done is better than well said.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.” – Joss Whedon

“You are what you do.” – C.G Jung

“Imagination means nothing without doing.” – Charlie Chaplin

“A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.” – Henrik Ibsen

“The more often he feels without acting, the less he will be able ever to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel.” – C. S. Lewis

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” – Benjamin Disraeli.

If you want to make a real difference, you need to get real and start LIVING your dreams.

Translate your good intentions into good deeds

The book you intend to read, won’t teach you anything… until you read it.

The book you intend to write, will never be read… until you write it.

Intentions and deeds

It’s wonderful to have good intentions. However, our results are going to be determined on what we do, rather than what we intend to do.

Read the books. Create the art. Translate your good intentions into good deeds.