Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Is Creativity Hereditary?

So, I'm a writer. Obviously. :-) I also tend to participate in hobbies and activites that have a creative bent - I play piano (fairly decently) and guitar (not so decently, but I do a mean Stairway to Heaven). I sing (only at family parties when my uncle sets up his karaoke gear, or when I'm alone in the car). I can draw recognizable things (I'm about on the next level after stick figures). I love to play Rock Band.

My husband is an artist (he's WAY better than me). He's also written a few stories, just for fun (he's good), and he's the best plot generator-slash-evil-editor I've ever had the pleasure to work with.

Considering my husband and I are both creative people, was it inevitable that our son would turn out that way?

Our boy, now 13, loves to draw - and he's damned good at it. He's a fantastic drum player (and he kicks the crap out of Rock Band drums on Expert). He sings, but only when he thinks no one is listening (I am. HA!). And since I let him use my digital camera, he's shown quite a talent for directing and acting.

Here's a short movie he made with his cousin this weekend. They filmed it in about 20 minutes, and our son did all the editing, captioning and effects in about 30 minutes (including the time it took to reboot his computer and start over when it crashed on him in the middle of the first attempt). He's the shorter, dark-haired one (the blue-haired one is our cousin).

You tell me: does he get it from us? *G*

(NOTE: Runescape is an online role playing game, where you make your own character, choose hairstyles and clothing, and put the character to work. FURTHER NOTE: Please ignore the large pile of trash bags behind our house. We're in the middle of spring cleaning.)


Sheila Deeth said...

Nice job. I think I'll continue to claim that at least sometimes math is creative too.

s.w. vaughn said...

Absolutely, math can be creative! I also suck at it, but I admire people who can math (see, I made a verb there. LOL).

Aaron Paul Lazar said...

LOL! How cool is that? It's nice to see Josh in person! And don't worry about the trash pile - I just finished cleaning the attic and we have at least thirty trash bags behind the barn, waiting to be judiciously disposed of a little at a time each rubbish day. LOL. And that's AFTER all the recycling!

Marta Stephens said...

Is creativity hereditary, I think so. In my family we've had two stage actor four artists, two writers and that's just the past three generations.

Tell Josh to keep up the good work!

Kim Smith said...

LOL God love kids and dogs. Nice to meet Josh!

s.w. vaughn said...

Josh is really happy that y'all watched this!