You might have got the impression, should you have read around the site a little, or should you know me at all, that I’m not exactly consistent when it comes to… well, a fair few things, honestly, but we’re here for music, so let’s talk songwriting.
Busyness and tiredness are the worst enemies of creativity, as any fule kno. No idea if that’s actually true, but I’m going to run with it. The times when I’ve been on the edge of prolific is when I have a little space. Particularly a little space on a regular basis. And a lack of tiredness, but that’s another matter.
There’s generally not a lot of space to be found these days. There’s always something to be done. So what to do?
In the same way that I’m forcing myself to post something here every week (hence this post – couldn’t think what to write about) we’re also blocking out Wednesday evenings out for songwriting/art in our house. It’s actually worked reasonably well so far. Most of them have been collaborative sessions so far – Cec came and helped finish up Pint of gold before recording, some/all of Roo’s Radio have been round on various weeks to work on a song we’re hopefully recording at the end of this month, Oberland.
But then what if I’m not in the mood? You’re smart people, I’m not going to patronise you and tell you about forming habits, I’ll just speak for myself. So far it hasn’t been too much of a problem. Some weeks I’m more productive, some weeks less. I just wrote that of the top of my head, but yeah, it’s actually probably easier to think in terms of productivity instead of mood. No I won’t be productive every week. But so what? Fixing one line in one chorus is still better than collapsing in a heap in the corner.