James Hegarty is an improvising pianist, music producer, and filmmaker who writes on creativity and artistic expression. His compositions have been performed in Europe, Asia, and throughout the US. He recently filmed a documentary on the creativity of street musicians in cities across America.
Throughout the 1980s he worked as a free-lance commercial music producer confronting the intersection between art and commerce at a time when technology was rapidly changing the recording studio landscape.
For twenty years he has been a college professor who teaches composition and jazz students to expand their creativity and discover their personal style. Over the years, he has been chair of the departments of music, mass communication, and communication, the division chair of creative arts and communication, and he now oversees departments that explore the potentials of multidisciplinary and experiential academic experiences.
He has written concert reviews and articles on music technology for magazines and music journals. He interviews artists and innovators for his YouTube series, “Creativity Is...” Hegarty lives with his wife in a century-old historic home in St. Louis where he uses the space to record and produce avant-garde jazz and classical music.
on Jan. 29, 2018 :
I stumbled upon Roots: Stand Up for the Artist Within while looking for books related to photography and the blurb intrigued me greatly.
I've never written a book review in my life and after reading it I felt that I could show my appreciation by writing some words in it's favor.
It has a strong positive stance which I found uplifting as the author invites you into his world with it's struggles and successes.
It discusses sources of inspiration, getting your ideas / creations / works out there, decision and doubt, authenticity and vision among many other topics.
I recommend this book to all practicing artists; those who are comfortable in their position, those that need a gentle push and those who need total reevaluation.
It's short, sharp and left me feeling as everything is going to be great; with a bit of VISION I'll be closer to understanding where I'm going and what I'm doing and for whom.
First book review down; Thanks James Hegarty.
(review of free book)