I am appreciative of every muse that has ever inspired me. It makes no difference to me if those entities are objects of affection, simple interest, or even targets deserving of my anger or hatred. My soul has a revolving door set into it firmly and muses are free to come and go as they please.
I always leave my mind as wide open to their onslaught as is mentally possible. Sure enough, they invade and stir up the creative juices. My gut reactions are what I try to capture and weave into something coherent and cohesive enough to manipulate into a song.
It can be anywhere from an easy thing to do, to somewhere far beyond extremely difficult when it comes to weaving inspired dreams into words or songs. There are no borders that the possibilities cannot breech. I simply have to tug the reins the right way and the ‘idea’ will respond. I get a most profound feeling of moving forward towards an as of yet unseen, or only slightly glimpsed, goal.
With a lyric, or music, it’s like starting out somewhere on the slope of a great mountain. The process that’s involved takes me up the slope eventually. I may meander over ridges, down into valleys, across streams, thru meadows, or even into cities or caves. In the end I try to make sure that I reach a place that’s better than wherever I started from.
Most ideas start small and quietly. To weave them into something larger and more captivating, can make them excellent vehicles for others to be transported upon. The song ‘has’ to take the listener on a journey that they ‘want’ to take. In the end they have to have both a feeling of having gone someplace and a desire to go there again. If I can pull that off, great. If not, I’ll just have to keep trying.
I’ve written many songs that people just don’t get. That, I can fully understand. There are other songs that people seem to ascribe their own theories to, or better yet, they may re-interpret them to somehow fit into their life experiences like a mirror that shows something other than a normal reflection. That, I can understand as well. I’ve done that transposition with many a song from some of my favorite artists. True, not being understood is frustrating, but dwelling on it just salts the wounds so to speak. Leaving room so the listener can find the song mentally malleable is one way to make a song memorable.
Making memories is one thing that all muses are good at. Take my main muse for instance, the way she calls me ‘baby-doll’ always detonates a huge smile right across my heart, and a few butterflies in my stomach as well.
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