Herald Columnists

February 7, 2013

Creativity can be rewarding

OSKALOOSA — Way back on Jan. 22, I had a story in the Herald like no other.

The story centered around a truck owned by Trey and Nancy Laymon, of Oskaloosa. To say this was no ordinary truck would be an understatement. Their Ford Raptor SVT is completely devoted to celebrating the “Star Wars” movie franchise. It features numerous graphics representing the “Star Wars” universe of characters, as well as lights, and even sounds associated with the movies. My favorite part of the truck is definitely the Han Solo in carbonite under the truck’s bed cover. It’s simply amazing.

I enjoy the “Star Wars” films. When they re-released the original trilogy of films back in the ‘90s, I saw them in theaters. I even kept the ticket stubs from seeing the films for several years because I thought that was the proper thing to do given the importance of the movies.

I must commend Trey and Nancy for being so dedicated to the “Star Wars” films. The level of enthusiasm it took to create their truck is commendable. Sometimes I wish more people would be more passionate about the things they enjoy.

As I have mentioned in my column in the past, I am passionate about music. I listen to many different genres including blues, country, classic rock and others.

I enjoy learning about music and musicians, as well. There’s something great about knowing what drives musicians to write, record and perform their material. It’s time-consuming, requires creativity and is more often than not a low-paying gig for struggling musicians.

But, these people have a passion for what they do and are willing to sacrifice a lot just to get their material out there.

Trey and Nancy’s “Star Wars” truck required a great deal of creativity and passion, as well. I’m sure the truck didn’t become what it is today overnight. A lot of time and effort no doubt went into that particular endeavor and I have to say I am impressed.

So, what’s the reward for all this enthusiasm and creativity? Trey said it best in my story when he noted that, “It’s about knowing people enjoy what they see and what they get out of it.”

That pretty much sums it up, if you ask me.

Of course, this kind of reward for being creative is earned by musicians, as well. They earn it every time a crowd reacts positively to their music. This feeling has been described by many musicians as being better than, well, any other feeling. So, I’d say it’s worth it.

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