According to the Huffington Post, Lady Gaga admited to Anderson Cooper of 60 Minutes that she gets high on pot when she writes music.
I can’t resist a post for three reasons:
- Just the name, Lady Gaga, tends to bring visitors here who wouldn’t find us any other way.
- I love the Huffington Post, at least I did before it got sold to AOL. We’ll see what happens there.
- The idea that getting high helps creativity has been around since creativity and getting high were first discovered. And of course, I’ve got a theory, and some experience.
Back in the day when I used to get drunk and get high I really did it to change my perception of myself and my reality. Alcohol and to a lesser degree, marijuana, seemed to make it easier for me to express myself, probably because both suppress many of the judgement centers of the brain.
I don’t know about you, but I found imbibing was a horrible strategy for me. I either got lazy and didn’t write at all, or, when I sobered up what I had written was just plain awful. Apparently I’m one of those who needs some judgement to create.
In fact, when I look back, I realize that was true for everyone I was hanging out with back then. In truth, I don’t know any creative who creates well under the influence.
None-the-less, the stories persist. Today it’s Lady Gaga, and there are plenty of writers before her. Poe comes to mind, for example. There are others.
So what’s your experience or opinion. Does getting high make for creativity?