It’s easy to compose and work on music when you’re feeling “it”. At least for me it is. But it is nearly impossible to make something happen when you’re not inspired. I believe there are several reasons for this and I’d like to discuss a few of them in this blog post.
First of all, I’ve noticed that as I get older I have less and less of these “mojo” magical moments where the music just happens. I have a feeling that this probably has something to do with the fact that I’m not listening to as much music as I used to and that when I do, I’m not enjoying it as much.
As a kid I listened to music all the time. It would rarely get old. Everything sounded fresh to my ears since I was… a kid. Now that I’m an adult, I have more experience and in a way have become a bit numb to the same old ritual, and sometimes I feel a lack of enthusiasm with it. I’ve come to realize that one of the problems is that I have a tendency to want to listen to the same stuff I’ve been into in the past and I have a little bit of a resistance to new things. I think we all have a little bit of that syndrome. Most people resist change in one way or another. The trade off is that if we put ourselves in the uncomfortable situation of listening to new things that we might not like initially, we’ll eventually discover new artists that will click with our tastes and will inspire us. Every time I find new music that I like, I feel that inspiration coming back to me. So make sure to listen to new music.
However, the thing that I want to get into today is to limit your materials. So for instance, I might tell myself “today I’m going to work only with my acoustic guitar”. So that means that I can’t play with synthesizers, I can’t use recording software, I can’t get distracted looking for cool samples or trying new soft synths. The key word here is “distraction”. We live in a world were we just have too many options. And too many options = little decision making. And art is about making choices and going in the direction of those choices. So limit your materials and see where that’ll take you. I’m posting a video below where I’ll only work with a sound I recorded with my iphone. I was biking in a random street in Queens, NY, near a church. I heard these church bells ringing and I decided to record them. Watch the video below to see what I came up with.
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