Capturing the Moment of Creativity
I am willing to bet that every single artist, no matter what medium, has had this experience before: At some seemingly random point in the day, a fantastic idea arrives out of nowhere for a new project. A song, a film, a story, etc. Usually it arrives at a moment where we cannot entertain it for long, much less record it. So, we try and develop it to some extent mentally, thinking “I’ll have to remember this later, it’s too good!”
Later arrives. Much life has happened since this moment. And... the idea is gone. Yup.
Creators often live in a space that is in diametric opposition to practical every day, scheduled life. We cannot necessarily abandon whatever we are doing in the moment to entertain our latest musical inspiration.
But we can do SOMETHING when creative gifts are bestowed upon us! And these ideas are TRULY gifts. Artists often talk about channeling something that is greater than themselves as an individual. When a creative idea comes, giving it some space to exist and open is so important! It’s the only way we continue to develop as creators.
So what to do? I’ve been observing this phenomenon in myself for years now. And most of the time, I didn’t record or develop ideas that came to me. I feel as if I’ve wasted so many gifts. I recently went through a prolific period, and I decided to handle this wave differently than past times of
inspiration. I got some new studio gear and have been able to record more music in my home space. When inspiration came, I made SOME type of note of them. If I was at home, I made a little loop out of the seedling idea. If I was out, I hummed a melody into my cell phone. If I had a concept for a song that I could describe, I would text it to myself and leave it unopened. The result? Most of the ideas from this time ACTUALLY became songs that I recorded!
This was pretty monumental for me. I had gotten so used to not developing my ideas, chalking it up to “not having the time.” Anyone who has created anything knows the satisfaction of manifesting a piece of art that came from their vast inner world of life experience! Taking the time is always worth it.
I would encourage anyone reading this to capture your creative ideas in some form or another when they arrive to you! We never know what an idea will blossom into.