On this date in 1920, jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker, also known as Bird, was born. In addition to being a virtuoso, Charlie Parker changed jazz (and music in general) as we know it by bringing in wilder, more complex and unexpected elements. As if that weren’t enough, his music inspired an entire generation of artists of all varieties, which in turn brought more freedom to creative expression and more boldness in rebelling against artistic and cultural norms.
Today, tap into Charlie Parker’s transformational creative power. Light him a candle, play his music, close your eyes, breathe, and listen deeply. Consciously connect with his unique genius. As you let your attention rest on music, bring to mind any goal, project, challenge, or situation that feels stuck or that might benefit from a new perspective or a revolutionary way of doing things. Consider the issue with a sense of curiosity and play. Keep a journal and pen nearby so you can jot down anything that comes to you. Extinguish the candle.