After the success of my Fertile Ground piece, I was all revved up to follow-through on another play I've been working on. But then I got stuck. I know why I got stuck...there are a variety of reasons. The foremost being fear. That's right. I'm afraid of writing something shitty, so I wind up not writing anything at all. That's a load of crap. It's counter-productive. And yet I seem to fall victim to it time and time again. I need to get out of my head and just be and not think quite so much. Easy to say, hard to do for someone like me.
But last night my good friend Daniel, who is a musician, came over with all his equipment...keyboards, amp, microphone...the works. And he said, "OK, let's write a song." And I said, "I've never really done that before." And he said, "So what? Do it anyway." And that's exactly what we did. He asked me some questions about the type of song I wanted to hear, and then he laid down a melody line, and then we talked some more about the content of the song, and he started writing lyrics, and then I started writing lyrics, and lo and behold before the end of the evening, we had a pretty cool sounding song called "Lost."
Nothing got in our way. We wanted to create and we did. No preconceived notions...no caring whether or not it would be good, or whether or not it would be perfect. We just did it. Is it a masterpiece? Of course not. But the lesson here is that it was all about the journey. The journey of starting down the road of creation, and inevitably completing the journey.
I write a lot about this topic because it is what I do. It is how I live every day. I need to create every day. And sometimes I think the inspiration isn't there. But you know what? It's always there. In the most unlikely of places. In a friend's laugh. Or an untuned guitar string. Or in a falafel sandwich. Creativity is all around us. If you can't see it, you're not looking...