OK, guys. Here’s the secret: It’s a volume game. Creating, that is. Do you remember how, when you were a little kid, you were just oozing with creativity? Sticks were guns, trees were forts, friends were aliens, everything was ripe with possibility. That’s the feeling I have when I’m producing things (songs, writing, ideas). It’s just pure fun, and there’s plenty to go around.
Clearly, many of us think of artists and creative people being tortured. And for good reason. Once I met someone who had spent years trying to write The Perfect Song. How can you write a perfect song? Does that mean that everybody will like it? Will it sum up every single emotion you’ve ever had? Will it make you millions of dollars? He was tortured by that song (and I’m guessing even more so by the fact that he wasn’t famous).
I prefer to have fun creating and the trick, again, is VOLUME. Do lots and lots of it, all the time, as much as you can. It doesn’t mean that every song I write is upbeat and happy but it means that I’m not tortured writing it, even the tough stuff. I learned this from Julia Cameron, who said, “Okay God, I’ll take care of the quantity, YOU take care of the quality.” This is not a license to send out junk into the world. Rather, it is a license to let go of the perfectionism and judgment that are stopping you from creating in the first place. It’s a way to get back in touch with the childlike side of you that was brimming with ideas and schemes and didn’t give a hoot whether anyone else liked or cared about them.
I am constantly creating and trying new things. Some succeed and some flop but there’s only one way to find out where things will go and that’s to just start. Oh, and not to be too attached to what happens to your creations after you send them out into the world. It takes a lot of courage to send things out that are good and (not yet) great but that’s the only way to get great at what you do. (More posts on this to follow.)
So, welcome to my blog on Creating Your Best YOU! Hope to send lots of good tips your way – gleaned over two decades of working as a musician – over the coming weeks, months and years.