It’s amazing how quickly my confidence as a musician wavers between good feelings and excitement to self-hatred and depression. If I’ve learned anything from my creative process though it’s this…
Most great musicians and artists (I’m not claiming to be one) will undoubtedly admit that their artwork doesn’t necessarily come from them personally but yet from somewhere beyond themselves. Some refer to it coming to or through them from God/Spirit, the universe, their subconscious and so forth. Well, regardless of where your feelings reside on the topic, I write music and I constantly share in this phenomenon.
For me personally it’s like flicking on a light switch in my mind and entering a more meditative type state. My constant mental “chatter” tends to shut up and allow other things to filter through. Either way, my point in all this is simple.
When I actively TRY to write music it usually doesn’t work very well. I struggle and easily lose confidence in my abilities. I am literally getting in the way of the music that wants to be expressed but, when I give up for a little and stop thinking about it, beautiful melodic patterns float into my head effortlessly and I simply record or write them down. Here’s the lesson among my rambling…
Get out of the way of the art and let it express itself. You can’t forcefully create something great because it’s not really coming from you but rather through you. Music and art are expressions far beyond that of the individual voice and they are mirrors of our consciousness on this planet. Good, bad, beautiful or ugly, such creations are reminiscent of our experiences in this life. Artists and creative people are simply the channels through which these cosmic emotions are expressed. So let them say what they need to say.
Lastly, if you’re worried about your art not being consistent or having your “mark” on it…don’t be. You are a conductor and these expressions are being filtered through you. Your interpretations and personality will always leave a stamp on the final product.