Last episode, we touched on the damaging effects of music reviews, how it can be detrimental to the continued success and desire of the creators, how there has to be a way for reviewers to choose their wording wisely and help to encourage, rather than destroy creativity and songwriting, as a whole. Further, we also discovered that if the encouragement and support ins’t there, that there might be fear of no replacement heroes.
It is in the spirit of that piece, that I’d like to dig deeper into the motivation part of our community, particularly the musicians themselves, and how they can achieve goals by being accountable and inspiring within.
Clearly, this is lofty exercise and won’t be achieved overnight for anyone, so we may circle back around to this topic, from time to time.
One thing that continually plagues the artist, and is so often spoken by many we know, is the desire to create even when we don’t feel it or the mood or environmental/situational conditions are not right or exact. This is the control part of us. How do we create something beautiful and heartfelt if we are not in that mindframe or “feeling it”? It’s a difficult process to remain creative in dark light or uninspiring climates, yet it’s our passion, so we must. At all costs. Although, it’s certainly our Truth to feel all of these emotions in real time, it is also our duty to our Art to navigate these waters and successfully deliver. Just like anything, we have to play through. Our emotions are simply that, Ours. Where we are at that specific moment, no right or wrong, just our reality. The collective bundle of what we have consumed and accumulated up until its’ reveal. So even though we might feel a certain way as a result or be in a certain headspace, we still owe our craft, our passions, the service of moving forward, despite ourselves. Not everything is built in the Sun. We take the days’ gifts and incorporate that into what we do. These songs, paintings, creations, are going to soak up these emotions and take us to destinations that we would never have imagined.
That is the most beautiful part, The Journey.
It’s quite alright to WANT to BE inspired, but it’s a whole other thing to be inspired by ALL things in our path, even ones out of our control, and ones we don’t desire or want but somehow creep in. On the surface, and simplistically, it’s just creating even when you don’t want to; like it were a job, (if you must refer to it that way) or a goal for the day. Just do it anyway. However, in a deeper more enlightened view, it’s allowing the day to create right along with you. Incorporating all of the color and fibers of your moment, allowing them to flow through you and be open and honest enough to accept and love the results. It’s completely freeing and liberating to stop controlling the parameters of your creative spirit and just BE. Just write, Just paint. Just Everything.
Just Do It Anyway.
As with giving up the control of your creativity and letting your openness help to guide you, it is also paramount to not let anything get in your way. It is such a fast food culture and time in our lives. Everything is so immediate and at our disposal. How anyone stays focused is just short of a huge success. It is quite challenging to truly intensify our vision and actually make goals and see our visions become our reality. In the form of our Art. The odds of sidetracking are greatly in our favor. Outside stimulus, phones, television, social media. The attitudes and energy of others. Even just the time and place of it all, work or inconvenience. All of these play a part. This is when we truly have to buckle down and set aside time or schedule time to create. Quite like we do food or rest, this creative time is also nourishment. So we can’t let anything get in our way.
In short, our passion is only powered by how strong our mindset is to want to be near it. We have to want it. We have to crave it and be hungry for it.
The exact moment will come every now and then and we will capture the light just right. However, we have to continue the journey through the night regardless. Stay ahead of anything in our path and remain focused. Always, doing it anyway..