Redefining “Perfect” with Stevie Nicks’ ‘Dreams’
Stevie Nicks wrote the song ‘Dreams’ in 20 minutes during a time of turmoil in her personal life.
They used the original recording that she had created in that session; Nicks basically just channelled the song through her piano and voice. They just couldn’t recreate the power and energy of that first recording after so many tries.
This inspired me with a question – is this redefining what is “perfect”?
The first-cut perfection – Christina Aguilera’s ‘Beautiful’
I remembered a similar story about Christina Aguilera and her #1 hit ‘Beautiful’. Songwriter Linda Perry refused to let her have the track unless Aguilera used the original recording. That was just the demo, the first go at singing the track that Christina didn’t think much of. She wanted to re-record and “perfect” it, being the meticulous and technical musical prodigy she is.
Perry had it right. She found the rawness of the emotion of that first recording so powerful – it was perfect. Just like Nicks’ original of ‘Dreams‘.
It’s funny how we often associate “perfection” with constantly improving on something, and not accepting the first manifestation of it.
A new perspective on “perfectionism”
Maybe ‘perfection’ is when you completely align with your inner being / higher self then channel that pure positive energy into the physical reality. Since nothing can be more pure or positive than that, maybe that’s what we should consider as what is ‘perfect’.
Redefining “perfect” with a new goal of alignment
Redefining ‘perfection’ then shifts us towards looking at the goal of perfection differently. Instead of creating then constantly improving on something, we first get into alignment with our ‘higher self’. Then we ‘channel’ to the physical world and just let that pure positive energy flow.
I must remember that when blogging. For so long I was stuck in life in general. I also stopped blogging, not being happy with what I had written. Constantly tweaking and editing, to a point where it became too much work.
Now, I have a fresh perspective.