Working Without Words
Sometimes the muse just ain’t kicking in the way you want her to.
Planning a long-term creative project is like planning any other business venture: If you’re only planning for success, you’re planning to fail. If your budget doesn’t account for the inevitable months or even years of sluggish numbers, you’re looking at your business through rose-colored glasses. Smart businessfolk plan their futures assuming some shit will eventually hit some fan somewhere up ahead.
The same is true for creating a new world. One of the reasons I was so excited about doing The Lives of Dexter Peterson was the fact that it involved more than one creative outlet. I, like you, am rarely ever out of ideas. Even if I’m staring at the keys unable to conjure up a melody, there’s a good chance I’m thinking about some lyrics or another chapter of the story itself. When I started this journey I knew there would be times when I just didn’t feel like making music.
Right now I’m in a lyrical trough. I’ve got a ton of interesting musical ideas in my head, but nothing to say. Even guided by the now-complete story itself, I’m stuck without words. And that’s perfectly fine.
Eventually, words will come. Right around the time my Tonal muse disappears, the impish little Lyric muse will show up again. I can’t plan on when these muses shift, but I keep all the different aspects of this project at the ready. When I feel a creative shortfall settling in, I’ve already got a Plan B.