01/16/15

Creativity Quotes of the Day

English: French composer Nadia Boulanger (1887...

English: French composer Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) in 1925. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You are enriched by all the music you know by heart; it becomes a part of you. –Nadia Boulanger

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember: amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic. –Anonymous

The Earth without Art is just “eh”. –Anonymous

A problem is a chance for you to do your best. – Duke Ellington

Very few people do anything creative after the age of thirty-five. The reason is that very few people do anything creative before the age of thirty-five. 
- Joel Hildebrand

The way to succeed is to double your error rate. – Thomas J. Watson

04/23/12

Improv Game of the Day: Shakespeare Madrigal

William Shakespeare

Today is the birthday of the immortal Bard of Avon, so let’s celebrate by playing an improv game in his honor.

5+ players. One player acts as a conductor. Each player chooses a short quote from Shakespeare.  The conductor points to Player One, who starts speaking, chanting, or singing his quote in a rhythmic manner. The conductor signals other players to join in, adding or subtracting other players at will (each with his own line). Players must match the original line in tempo/pulse; players may leave brief rests between repetitions of the line in order to breathe. The conductor may indicate crescendos or decrescendos with hand signals. The effect should be very like a madrigal – vigorous and contrapuntal.

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