Everything is a Remix
Kirby Ferguson changed my life.
Ok, that's a bit extra. I'll say this: his video series, "Everything is a Remix," is something that every creative should watch. No matter what it is that you make, it will inspire you. It reminds you of something you always knew but forgot. It shows you that nothing is original. It takes the pressure off creating. Now you've got the freedom to be inspired by anything.
I first mentioned Everything is a Remix in my post about look-alike logos. Originality is something highly sought after, especially in the world of logo design. But we have to be careful not to be so focused on being original that we ignore all that's come before. Kirby Ferguson shows you over and over again, in Technicolor & Dolby Surround Sound, how almost everything we enjoy came from something else. I love seeing this phenomenon occur in music.
Shaggy is a fan of Eddie Murphy
I can't remember when it dawned on me, but when it did, I wanted to tell anyone I could. Being a huge fan of comedy, I love to rewatch my favorite standup specials every few years. One day, during a week where I'd just rewatched Eddie Murphy's Raw, and the radio was playing "throwbacks," it clicked!
A 40-second bit from over a decade earlier inspired Shaggy's first number one hit in the United States. He took a premise that Eddie created, and built a 4-minute song around it. I love it every single time I think about that. Now, I'd love to hear what inspired Eddie to write that joke.