Last week we talked about breaking an artistic block, and we thought it would be nice to elaborate on finding inspiration. We touched on a few key areas: evoking emotion, exploring a foreign medium, and looking to past work. Let’s dig a little deeper.
We brought up the idea of listening to a song that moves you in some way. This can truly mean anything at all. Even a song that brings you to tears can help you to draw inspiration. You may be inspired by a song that brings up feelings from your past. Maybe this is a good inspiration for you, something that you may wish to explore. Though it is not possible to change the past, we can certainly share our past experiences in a new way through our music.
Spend time with loved ones. There is something really interesting about spending time with family, old friends, or even a new friend who you feel a connection with. Sometimes we need to spend time with people who are no longer with us, as well. You can simply go to a place that reminds you of someone who is important to you to draw inspiration.
Exploring a foreign medium
This may sound as crazy as it did last week, but it can be very simple and rewarding. If you’re feeling in need of some extra inspiration this week you should certainly try a new creative outlet. If you don’t want to go too crazy and sign up for a pottery class, what about watching a quick Youtube clip? There are so many interesting videos out there.
Here are a few fun videos that you may not think of when you think of creativity:
If you know that as a musician these things just are not for you, try an online lesson. Explore an instrument or a technique you aren’t as familiar with. How about watching the fundamentals of your instrument of choice? Think back to basics! Watching the way another person excels in their craft is incredibly interesting to most artists.
This is another reason why recording your work no matter your skill level is important! We mentioned listening objectively when we spoke about simple tips to improve your practice. That being said, we are usually our own worst critics. Try going easy on yourself, and focus on how far you’ve come. Think of the feeling of accomplishment you had when you completed your earlier work. That’s a great feeling to replicate, go for it!
A common suggestion when you’re looking for inspiration is to spend time with children. Their imagination is so vivid and uninhibited. If you have early recordings of your more youthful self give them a spin! If you don’t, imagine listening to your younger self. What you would tell teenage you? Try using those words on yourself! Be kind, and take your own advice. This might just help you find the inspiration you need for your next great work!
Look back to the suggestion of spending time with the people you care about. Think of the people who were around you to encourage you when you first started your journey!
Keep your eyes on our Social this week for a look into our in-production documentary, Gimme the Beat!