I was very musically inclined from an early age. My mother was trained as a classical pianist. She tried to teach me. I wasn’t interested. I wanted to write pop songs. I wanted to create my own music rather than play other people’s music. My parents never supported my musical individuality.

Imagine if my parents had supported my musical talent? Imagine if they had sent me to a school like Berklee College of Music? My life might be completely different.

I’m happy with who I am and what I’ve become. That’s not the point. The point is that we should support the imagination.

Without imagination, we’d have no books, no music, no film. Without imagination, we’d have no Internet. You wouldn’t be reading this essay because it wouldn’t exist.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to imagine a world without imagination. In fact, I want to do the opposite. I want to promote imagination. I want to support creativity.

Don’t let others steal your creativity. Don’t let people tell you that there’s no future in writing, art, or music. Without writing, art, and music there may be no future at all. For it’s imagination that brings dreams alive and gives us hope for a better world. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.