I've come to believe (there's a clue for language cops in the list) that I can carry a creative intent into all my activities. Long ago I had a spiritual kind of experience whilst cleaning a toilet. Lately I've come to enjoy washing dishes, the long way, by hand. Just for the joy of intent (or lack of it) in doing it. I play music because I hear it, and I desire to see it made manifest in the world. All things can become creative efforts (even destroying things!) when we see that we can create the world we wish to live in. Lately I've decided that if I want music, I should make it myself. I'm listening to 'others' less, and making 'my own' more. (The quotation marks are deliberate: as if we really own the music that comes out of us!) Looping is an interesting tool. There are many many others. Language is one too. Kevin Texas bibliography: 1. Jim Palmer sez: i noticed this a few years ago. i think it's really interesting that people fail to notice it even when they are saying it themselves. language processing occurs mostly subconsciously. only people who really listen to sound seem to even notice this one. it seems to me that it comes from the tendency for contraction in spoken language. phrases like "the problem is" and "the answer is" become a single word. i even caught myself doing it once. (gasp) i think that this tendency has a very interesting effect on musical improvisation. 2. and then dt sez: >I wonder how many diverse answers there are >to THAT one? DT, you wanna go first? :-) i think i'll politely decline that definition, for now. 8-) though..... while the tools that i use to make music are extremely important to me (as the potential for specificity in the use of language is similarly meaningful to me), i recognise in my motivation that i have (historically) always obsessively sought an (in)-appropriate avenue-for-expression for 'creative' output whether i'm looping (or not), composing (or not), writing prose (or not), playing stringed instruments (or not), going to a 'business' meeting (or not), pulling espresso shots (or not), gardening (or not)..... etc etc etc. as ever vague & likely insubstantial, dt / splattercell 3. and jim then said: creatively expressing an espresso shot? would that be espression?