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Crazy Ideas by Angie Mack Reilly

by Angie Mack Reilly, author of Chronic Creativity:  A Diagnostic Look at the Condition and How to Become Infected (c) 2008

I have come to understand through many observations that the craziest ideas are usually the most brilliant ideas.

These “crazy” ideas are initially met with mocking, negativity, rejection, disbelief and even persecution.

When I see someone with an idea, concept, creative thought, etc….that is welcomed by any of the above in the initial stages, I take notice.  (Herein lies a brilliant idea!)

Take, for instance, my cousin. Many years ago, she had a vision to create vintage undergarments out of recycled materials. It was a new concept…cutting edge…almost silly at the time. Yet she has stuck with her dream, is growing, and will flourish in my opinion. I wouldn’t be surprised if she ends up making her mark in the world of fashion.

I often call people like this “ahead of their time”. These creative idea makers seem to have an intuition or vision for the future. They create something or present something. But the idea is often so “out of the box” that it is not understood by others in its entirety initially. Because it is not understood, it is faced with rejection, criticism, and on and on………

So my encouragement to all of the “silly” idea-makers….stick with it! If you are facing negativity and ridicule from others, you are most likely onto something grand.  Press on my friend……..

2006: Exclusive Interview

Q: How long have you been involved in the Arts? (OK, you are how old?)

A: I am thirty five years old and have been involved in the arts since I was a child. I directed a Wizard of Oz show for all of the neighborhood kids, made up my own shows, and put on concerts regularly for my parents. I tried to give my little brother lessons on the drums, but became impatient with him. As a child, it was my ambition to get everyone to love the arts as I did. I have actually been employed in the arts in some capacity for at least 10 years.

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Q: What is your interest in the Arts?

A: I love it all! Performing arts, music, visual arts, poetry, etc.!

Q: Why have you been involved in the Arts?   See the answer…….

Childhood Dream


Please listen and ponder these lyrics as they apply to your own life.  What was your dream as a child?  It’s never too late.  That’s what I have to tell myself.

Mind you, I wrote and recorded this song about 20 years ago.  I didn’t have live musicians.  So I made it happen…laying down 17 layers of instruments in my Korg N264.

I would love to record this with acoustic instruments and live musicians.  Oh!  And a kick ass choir!

Sometimes, in order to “find” our authentic selves, we need to go back and think about what we were like as children.  What made us dream?  What did we enjoy playing?  What was our personality like?  What felt good?  What did NOT feel good?

Childhood Dream by Angela Mack

Written and recorded in Grafton, WI circa 1999

Remember the dream that you dreamed when you were young?

Remember the passion that burned your heart?

You used to believe…..you used to dream

Yet the current of this world carried you away

It’s never to late to dream again

It’s never to late to follow your passion

Why spend the rest of your life in something that your heart just isn’t in?

Here it calling (3x) ……your childhood dream

I remember the songs that I sang when I was young

I remember the people that I believed to be there

I sang with my heart……I sang with soul

with my pretend microphone in hand, I could reach the world!

Did you know that my original dream was to be a pro female baseball pitcher?  But when I saw that, back in the 70s, women didn’t get to “play on TV” like the men did.  I didn’t think that was fair.  Syo I went into music.

I grew up at 310 W. 9th Street in Sterling, Illinois.  My family took me to St. John’s Lutheran Church.  I liked it there.  I played in the bell choir, helped my mom teach Sunday School, hung out with the youth group and found glimpses of a light that I couldn’t quite explain.

My pastor asked me to lead the music in Sunday School.  I was shocked to be asked.  Then honored.  Then scared.  I didn’t know how to play an instrument!  So I had to “quick learn the auto harp”.  And so I did.


Chronic Creativity by Angela Mack Published on Creativity Portal

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Angie Mack Reilly has been a long-time creativity coach and advocate for musicians….both dead and alive.  She is passionate about issues that effect musicians and creative people such as mental health issues, economic hardship and pirating.  Angie has spoken to various groups of people about the creative process and how to embrace it.   To book Angie as a public speaker, email angie@ozaukeetalent.com

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