What is a Genius? Would you recognize genius? Do you know a genius? There is no scientifically recognized definition of genius. But if you are paying attention you will find genius everywhere. I spot creative productivity in many corners. It’s a form of genius.
I was watching and listening to a music group called Mercy Creek. They are Jim and Cheryl. I have seen them many times in many different venues. They play what they call Aggressive Folk Rock. Earthy, Edgy Music with many CD titles of their music under their belts. Cheryl plays the heck out of a guitar and other string instruments. She is the singer of their band of two. Jim plays drums. That’s an understatement. Jim PLAYS percussion! He is mesmerizing to watch and hear. Both communicate on stage with each other, but you need to watch and listen to see it. It’s that secret squirrel handshake that musicians develop performing together. In this case it’s a language of two.
But where some genius’s show talent only in one area Jim and Cheryl show it across another skill set. Once I picked up on it fascinated me. During the breaks between music sets Jim and Cheryl visit with the folks who came to see them. And they are very present. They are genuinely interested in the lives of those that come to see them. They remember the last conversation you had with them even though they have played in 20 different places since seeing you and talked with hundreds of fans of their music. Very alive. Very present and in the moment. You matter.
Jim and Cheryl have created a world where they play their own music in small venues traveling a circuit with-in a hundred miles from where they live. They are living and thriving from the creative productivity in their heads. They are Genii.