On Creativity and Staying Human

I have something illicit and a little “purple” to share with you.

(But first shameless plugs, because I really want to see you and play music for you (and I’ll bring this all together again in a minute). Here are all my upcoming “bespoke” shows (in addition to my open mic appearances):

I really love knowing you are there and hearing this music. In my songwriting group the other day we spoke about why we do what we do. For me, and several of the others, the answer is that we write because we have to, that there are songs we want to hear that haven’t been written, and things we want to say. We also hope that the art that we make reflects our own voice, our own experience, and is relatable to those who come in contact with it.

A friend of mine has been researching AI, and urged me to go ahead and get up to speed. So I went to ChatGPT and after learning a little bit about how the system works, I prompted it to write a blog in my style, referencing my website, on the topic of music, travel, and friendship. Here’s what it came up with:

So, that is…. Something. First, of course, it is a complete work of fiction (sadly, neither Lily nor Sarah really exists).

Second, for as colorful as the language is, it is not quite my voice. Certainly, I do try to add color to anything that I do, but this is way over the top. It certainly steals from my style, but it is absolutely not my voice.

And that, I think, really brings me to my core point. None of it is authentic. Entertaining, yes, but it doesn’t speak to any experience that I (or very likely anyone) have had. It doesn’t speak with the resonance of truth or reality and because of that, I am skeptical that it will ever really be art in the same way that we understand it.

None of this is by way of saying that we artists are safe. Everything that we are seeing out of the Hollywood writers and actors right now speaks to the risk of letting machines take over for the human heart when it comes to creative expression. However, there is a discernible difference between the synthetic and the real, and for my part I hope that we continue to value things that are real.

Thank you, and I hope to see you in the flesh at one of my upcoming shows very soon!

With love and lyr…. Yeah no, I just can’t say it,


P.S. My next blog will be about how I’m not actually an MI5 spy. Seriously. Not kidding. Stay tuned.

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