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DJ Jim Q's Playlist: Collaboration

Collaboration may not come naturally to creative people. After all crafting is about shaping things by force into intentional forms. Control much? While design is about control, collaboration is about giving up control. Now it probably develops more naturally to musicians, especially those playing with bands. It’s no fun being a solo bassist, not for the player, and not for the audience. The point being, things can get infinitely more interesting and dynamic when artists collaborate. I will admit, I do have a tendency to resist collaboration, particularly with design. However, I’ve found when I do collaborate, it challenges my thinking, pushes me outside of my comfort zone and ultimately expands my perspective. We all fall into patterns and rely on tried and true approaches, an outside influence can shake things up.

Art is usually characterized by a very strong singular vision. The Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol collaborations in the mid 80’s we generally panned by critics, more on that here.The article examines a fundamental question, “Does Artistic Collaboration Ever Work?”. It depends on how you define “Work”. I think it definitely benefits the artists involved, maybe at the expense of the output, but that’s subjective.

The playlist this month is filled with songs of joining, sharing and doing it together. I also threw in a few great artist collaborations for good measure. However, this months playlist was not a collaboration, in retrospect, I really should have reached out to the CM community to contribute songs. It’s not too late, add your collaboration themed song suggestions in the comment section below. And if you like these playlists, please share them. See you next month.

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