Thursday, September 21, 2006

Creativity and inspiration during hard times

I wonder why, to me, some of my most productive periods of time writing songs were during some of the most difficult times in my life. I think it's true for many artists that some of their best material is fueled by hard times. I haven't really written any good songs as far as I'm concerned in about 2 years. The last songs that I wrote that I consider worthy of ears were written during a difficult time when I was going through a divorce from a 7 year marriage. I think inspiration for me comes in waves. The question is, would I rather be void of difficult times and not have the fuel for inspired music, or have hard times and as a consolation, great music coming to me from the sky. Well, I don't think you can think of it that way. For now, being a satisfied person void of hard times is fine. Let's just say I'm not going to look for a serious relationship and purposely sabatoge it, just so I can have some fuel for good music. Hard times come to everyone whether you like it or not. It's part of life and whatever constructive way a person uses to cope with those times with their art, music or whatever, that's a good thing. Knowing that creating a song or piece of art may help to ease someone elses pain a little, helps.

1 comment:

Child of Darkness said...

You are absolutely correct. It does seem as if hard times fuel the creative passions of most musicians. Being a musician myself, I can relate to what you are taking about in this blog. It most certainly is true that I have found that I have composed my best material and performed my best when I was going through bad times in my life. I think the reason for this is that we as human being can better relate to the emotion of the music when our own emotions are running high. You my friend, are certainly not alone in that category. Bad times do make for some good songs; however, it can be extremely determental to one's mental health. Somehow finding an equal balance between good and bad may help fuel your need to be creative yet help maintain your sanity. At least that is what seems to work for me. Good luck with writing future tunes man.

PS. I love your music list. You have very good taste. Particularly your progressive rock choices(ie. Yes. All around great bands!