What makes us feel satisfied as creators? Is it the process, or the product? Or both? Ths question is especially important when we work with ephemeral arts, like improvised sound and movement. Some people just do not feel as though their efforts have been rewarded over time unless there is something to "show" for it. Others of a different temperament simply do not care. On the polarity are those whose bashfulness creates an uncertain relationship with an audience. These creators may yearn to be heard and seen, and withdraw from what they imagine will be a negative reception, all at the same time.

When we come to the studio, we do not necessarily need to know whether our work, that day or at all, will come to fruition in public. In many cases, we are simply uncovering our themes and getting to know our own minds, bodies and voices. We don't need to do anything other than say hello to ourselves, and perhaps be surprised by the conversations we encounter.

Building a relationship with our own instruments, however they present themselves, is of the essence in bringing forth work which will inspire and touch us as creators. Shedding internalized critics who reduce our willingness to step out of "pretty" sounds is step number one. Playing as children play opens up new possibilities for movement and sound, and in the very processes of the brain.

There are games that are played 'to win' and there are games that are played simply to be played. As adults we may have developed habts which are like those games in which there is a victor. Though the process of competition may help us hone our edge (or at least we thought so, until it started to feel isolating), there is another way to be with ourselves and others.

We can play simply to create, to hear ourselves, and to hear others. We can move for the joy of it, and to inspire others to move. We can feel organically connected to each other through voice and movement. There are times when these moments of connection pull up something especially deep and meaningful. That is the time to make a recording of the sound, the word, the movement, so that the experience can be easily retrieved.

These records, be they written, recorded or videoed, are able to help recapture moments which may otherwise become rather dim in our memories. We may find that we are inspired to revisit the special essence of these moments and perhaps find a way to share them with others. This is why it can be useful to have records of our creative moments, so that when we cast our nets into the ocean of dreamings, our dreamings will not simply evaporate when we return to the world in which we make lists, but perhaps to help us inform those lists, to our greater joy, and for the joy of others as well.