As a music producer, it’s been a part of my job for the past 3 decades to inspire artists to create. I see how that may be confusing to some of you. Creating is what artists do, after all. Artists are not unlike you or I. They’re people. They have moods, ups, downs and of course, the infamous “writers block” we’ve all heard about. Quite simply though, it’s my job to see and hear, what the artist themselves may not recognize within them and to draw that out in whatever way is appropriate and in the end make seem as though it was their idea in the first place. That’s successful producing! Teaching isn’t too different. As teacher’s, we strive to inspire our students and as well, we revel in their discoveries. It’s a two way street that in the most positive of circumstances is a win/win for both teacher, and student. Creating music with an artist and teaching a child are both very fulfilling because both subjects are exploring “unknown territories” and gain the greatest enlightenment when stumbling across something they have not yet thought about or realized. With the young student, this is a far more frequent reality, only because they’re much less experienced with life yet, the marvels of discovery are no less of an amazement for a seasoned songwriter. Whether it be a finger painting or a symphony, inspiration is enlightenment.