As an artist, staring at a blank canvas can be very intimidating when you’re in the midst of a creative drought. For a writer, a blank page can be the equivalent while experiencing a block, but for a songwriter, when you’re unable to make your instrument make the sound you want, even though you’re not entirely sure what it might be, stringing words to go along can become an impossible task. As any type of creative mind, has experienced this and when it goes on too long you begin to question yourself as an artist, a painter, a musician, etc. We try everything: wine, coffee, falling in love, getting heart broken, structure, complete chaos, workshops, friends, family, solitude, you name it, we’ve done it.
I’ve been in a songwriting drought for about a year now. I’ve started a little something here and there, but all of them I have completely hated and in disgust for creating something so awful, I toss the scraps to the wind. Frustrated with my lack of lyrical output, I have created a deadline for myself. I am planning on writing a song a week for the month of November. Come December I will record at the Brooklyn Outboard in Nashville, TN. There is literally no time or room for putting it off or procrastinating.
I have gone from practicing once or twice a week to playing, doodling on my guitar, singing, and working on lyrics an hour or two every day. I made this pact on Monday, November 3rd. It Thursday, the 6th right now, and I’m one instrumental and one chorus in. I’m hoping to come up with a couple versus the next few days and hoping that I will have a completed Song #1 by Sunday and perhaps ready to share on Monday.
I will still be working on other creative projects such as restoring furniture, but my main focus over the next month will be writing and hosting three fundraising shows. I don’t want to pursue an Indie GoGo and Fundme campaign, because honestly, sometimes those campaigns can be a bit obnoxious. (there I said it, I am sorry if you’re upset) I am hosting two online shows that are donation based. The first will be held Tuesday, November 18th at 8 PM CST. If you can’t donate, it’s cool! Just log in, enjoy the show, and if you can, spread the word.
For the Facebook event with frequent updates on the November 18th show: Click here.
For the actual link to the online show: Concert Window.