Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
“A father’s love” is the first song of the show, and it is also the first song we wrote.
That’s not always how it works as most times melodies or themes will drop in out of sequence as they will, not as we do. This is especially true when composing longer works such as a two hour musical. We creators are not usually in control of the creative process. Ideas and images don’t necessarily come to us when we choose to search for them, or even in ways that initially make sense. So many creative “aha’s” come mid-conversation, or in the swimming pool, or on the drive home from work, or in the middle of a wakeful night. In this sense, Song Story #1 is an exception to the rule!
And, in another sense, the song is the fruit of disciplined craftsmanship. Though we can’t control the process, we can place ourselves in settings where we’re more likely to “hear” those creative impulses and to retain them for further development. There’s something to be said for sitting down on a regular basis and choosing to write a song, whether we’re inspired or not. It’s important to learn about what makes a song hold together, both melodically and lyrically. And we’d highly recommend writing songs with other people as it’s much less lonely! It can be especially fruitful when you partner with people who have different strengths than you do. Whether these planned creative retreats result in a finished piece or a wastebasket full of ideas that don’t work, it’s great practice for the times you do get inspired and require cultivated skill to wrestle your inspiration into a form which can live on and inspire others.
Two thumbs up for craft, practice, writing songs that don’t work(!), and collaboration.
Part 2 coming soon……
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