It’s been almost 4 years since I wrote my first full length album. At the time, it was a daunting task, but one I knew I had to take on if I hoped to grow as an artist. After finishing that, I released an EP last summer. Well, it’s time to rise to the writing challenge again. If I wasn’t focusing on it, I’d still be writing songs just here and there. But this has been a concentrated effort to write 10-12 songs in less than a year. For me personally, that’s no easy task. It’s the first time I’ve committed to writing a larger number of songs on a finite deadline. I’m well on my way, but the deadline is looming on the horizon.
I used to think that inspiration would strike and songs would just come to me. Anymore, though, I don’t have the time to sit around waiting for inspiration to fall out of the sky and smack me in the head. If I did, it’d probably take many years to write one album. Yes, creativity takes inspiration. But for me, that’s only the first spark. Once the initial inspiration has worn off, it just takes sitting down and committing to get it done. Time and discipline. Hashing out multiple ideas. Writes and re-writes. I admit I get frustrated sometimes. I hear of seemingly more prolific writers out there and feel twinges of jealously. When the urge to tear my notebook to pieces and start over arises, I resist.
Words cannot be forced, but at the same time you can’t expect them to appear out of nowhere. There is a balance to be struck when trying to create. And I’m not searching for perfection either. The idea of perfection in art doesn’t make sense to me. I like to look at songs as snapshots in time. They tell a story, literally or more abstractly, touching on the feelings or ideas of the writer at that time. There is no perfection, only connection. If a song stirs something up inside you, it has proved its worthiness…it deserves to exist. Music is inspiration, hard work, and intuition. I’m writing, and I’m trying my best to balance it all.