I have been curious and a bit mischievous for as long as I can remember, and since my parents tolerated all the freedom I wanted, my thoughts traveled everywhere.
I listened to music, read music, transcribed, analyzed, improvised, and composed music. I think that had I not learned to read music nor learned music theory, I would have been a more creative improvisor. Often the mind “recalling” gets in the way of the ear/mind. Am I correct, Charley Parker? However, when we continue to learn, we use what we’ve learned. But when improvising, we should get lost in the music. While composing, we should be encapsulated in it, reincarnating that which we evoke.