I’m so intrigued by Greek mythology and legends. Ever since I was little I would eagerly read mythical stories about ancient gods and mysterious creatures. They filled my day dreams and made their way into the stories I would spend hours writing and then read aloud in front of fellow students in my creative writing class.
I even named my 2nd album ‘Echo’ after the wood nymph in Greek mythology, who loved a youth by the name of Narcissus. He was a beautiful creature loved by many but Narcissus loved no one. He enjoyed attention, praise and envy. In Narcissus’ eyes nobody matched him and as such he considered none were worthy of him.
Echo often waited in the woods to see Narcissus hoping for a chance to be noticed. One day She saw him and longed to tell him who she was and of all the love she had for him in her heart but she could not speak. She ran towards him and threw herself upon him.Narcissus became angry and shunned her. He threw Echo to the ground and she left the woods in ruin, her heart broken. Ashamed she ran away to live in the mountains yearning for a love that would never be returned. The grief killed her. Her body became one with the mountain stone. All that remained was her voice which replied in kind when others spoke. Myths and legends are often cautionary tales and there is always a message to heed. So when Maloy excitedly recommended I read a book called ‘The Icarus Deception’ I was intrigued as to what I might find. She described it as an enlightening and eye opening look into how society can withhold the greatness that is inside all of us. I bought the book on audio as I find it easier to digest that way. The author is a man named Seth Godin who I’ve become quite a fan of. As I listened to the first few sentences I found Godin’s voice both simultaneously commanding and soothing. The book first goes on to tell the story of Daedalus and his son Icarus who were imprisoned inside a massive labyrinth.
Daedalus made them each a pair of wings, and with these they were able to escape. He warned his son, “Don’t fly too high or the sun will melt the wax on your wings and you will fall. Follow me closely. Do not set your own course.”
But Icarus became so exhilarated by his ability to fly he forgot the warning and followed his own course instead. He flew too high, the wax melted, and Icarus fell down into the sea and drowned. Godin then points out that there is another part of the story. Icarus’s father Daedalus also told his son not to fly too low as the water could also damage his wings. According to Godin;
“Society has altered the myth, encouraging us to forget the part about the sea, and created a culture where we constantly remind one another about the dangers of standing up, standing out, and making a ruckus.” He also says, settling for too little is “a far more common failing”. We must Fly Closer to the Sun. This book is about freeing our creative selves and unlocking our potential to be artists and to do great work. It means that we must face the pain involved in the creative process and be open to possible failure and criticism. We must leave our comfort zone and ‘Fly closer to the sun’. Taking chances and being brave enough to stand out are themes that run throughout the book, and every chapter left me energized and ready to take on new challenges. I really enjoyed ‘The Icarus Deception’ and by the time I had completed it I already missed the sound of Godin’s voice! I highly recommend it to all of you.
‘Fly closer to the sun’ ~Lee x