Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it reminds me to count my blessings. And I have been so absolutely blessed! Most days I pinch myself to be sure I'm not dreaming. Truth is, I simply could not write, perform, and record my music with out the help and support of my friends and family. I will not name names because I don't want to leave out someone. So to those who have taken an interest in my music, listened to my songs, helped create the album, come out to hear me play, watched my kid while I was performing somewhere, encouraged me, or shared my music/videos with others - Thank you! I couldn't do it without you!
Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of local business leaders about everyday creativity. It was so much fun! Aside from performing some of my songs, I had the chance to speak to these folks about embracing creativity as a part of everyday life.
I thought it might be a good idea to share these ideas in my blog as well. So here goes...
No 1. CREATIVE THOUGHT CAN OCCUR ANYTIME, ANYWHERE. BE READY.
Most of my creative ideas start with a flash of inspiration, typically, a word or a phrase. Occasionally a melody or rhythm jumps into my brain. We're all different. Your spark may be a picture or something else. No matter how the spark starts, the question is: What do you do with it? Often times, ideas come to me at the most random moments - while I'm grocery shopping, driving in my car, showering, even while I'm sleeping. So for me this means grabbing a pen and paper or, more likely, my iPhone and writing down those words or recording that melody. I almost never have luxury of working on the thought right then and there. I do that during my scheduled writing time (we'll get into that later). I've learned that I really can't trust my memory and you probably shouldn't either. Always, always, always record your ideas and keep them in a place you'll be able to find later. For me it's a lovely little app on my phone called Evernote. Choose whatever works for you, but whatever you choose, use it!
Next time I'll share some of the things that inspire my songwriting. That should be interesting : ) In the meantime, I hope something in these words helped you in some way. And if you have other tips, please feel free to share them : )
One of the most interesting things about the creative process is the ideas that fuel the process. It's the spark that gets things going and it can come from the most mundane sources. In this instance it was my very bad kitty, Skipper, that help me write one of my newest songs. Here's the CXCW link that explains it all. Enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed every bit of merry brightness this Christmas season. Now as we look ahead to new things, I thought it would be a good time to introduce my website and blog. Check back often to stay up-to-date with songwriting, my performance schedule and other updates. No promises but it might get interesting!
Welcome! Here you'll find my notes on my adventures in songwriting and life in general.