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Re: Loss of the initial song idea

wow amazingly put Richard! Here's another approach I think can also work. 
Having multiple projects or pieces to work on. That way you arent forced 
to convey a certain mood in a single piece because you most likely have 
another one you can work on instead that fits your mood just right at the 
moment. I think I will start to try both methods. They seem inspiring just 
by thinking about it.
-----Original Message-----
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2012 9:07:38 am
To: Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
From: "richard sales" <richard@glasswing.com>
Subject: Re: Loss of the initial song idea

Distraction is a serious foe of inspiration.  Sometimes ideas are like 
butterflies.  My experience is I have to move very fast.  So sometimes I 
have a digital recorder always handy and I will hum or sing or describe 
the idea within seconds.  Sometimes ideas evaporate in less than seconds.  
Sometimes the sound of someone walking by will distract you, someone 
walking into the room telling you it's dinner time.  

We have a policy at our house that, when someone is in the creative 
moment, we tiptoe, we close doors quietly, we are very respectful of the 
presence of the Muse - that lightning fast butterfly.  When we 
accidentally barge in, we dont' make conversation and apologize etc.  
Everyone is trained.  I suggest you do that with whoever you live with, 
share a dorm with etc.  

Sometimes the idea just evaporates because it wasnt' that strong in the 
first place.  I can't tell you how many times, in the old days, the 
software would freak out and lose the entire work.  I was always furious 
when I had to start over, but every time the second effort was much better 
than the one that evaporated.  That applies to writing language or music. 

So, sometimes the Muse guides you with a rough hand, a slap on the face, a 
scattering of the dominoes so you have to start over... because what comes 
next will exceed what you THOUGHT would be great.

All the other advice is great - setting it aside for a rainy day etc. 

The key is to not get too worked up about the lost inspiration.  The goal 
is to stay fluid and open to the Muse - to not shut down because a concept 
or effort evaporated or didn't turn out as you'd dreamed it would.  
Sometimes, it just wasn't meant to be.

Art is like boxing or martial art.  You can't let your opponent knock you 
off balance.  Stay on your feet, stay limber, be very quick.  As long as 
your still standing in the boxing ring, you could win the match.  

Have faith.  You ARE still standing!

richard sales

On Feb 17, 2012, at 7:26 PM, k3zz21@gmail.com wrote:

> Im currently writing a piano piece for my music class. I originally 
> started out feeling really connected with the idea. My intention was to 
> to make the piece somewhat sound like a rain storm. And I was definitely 
> feeling the connection between what I had made so far and the vision 
> that I had in my head which was simply rain. Now I seem to have lost 
> that initial feeling. Ism wondering if it is due to me being distracted 
> from that feeling and trying harder to make the song sound "Good" maybe?