I love composing because…

ComposingI’ve just had a four week break from composing and sitting down at my workspace I’m struck by the sheer joy in composing music. I’m currently in the midst of restructuring a piece and quite frankly the second half is not quite working. Though this was causing me some angst some time back, post-break I’m relishing the mental gymnastics of switching between the macro (whole score posted on the wall) and micro (looking closely at specific gestures and how they unfold over time), and then intuiting a solution.

Working through this problem, I’m struck by my need for this process to involve the heart and mind. It can’t simply be an analytical/intellectual exercise – at least for me. I’ve noticed that I write better music when I’m settled and alert. Intuitive thoughts seem to just come and I find it easier to ‘feel-think my way through’, to borrow a phrase from David Lynch.

Meditation helps with this. I figure if I can unclutter my mind before entering my composing space, there’s more chance the good stuff will come through. Lynch seems to agree:  ‘Personally, I think intuition can be sharpened and expanded through meditation, diving in to the self. There’s an ocean of consciousness inside each of us, and it’s an ocean of solutions. When you dive into that ocean, that consciousness you enliven it.’

I guess when it comes down to it love composing because I feel fully alive when I do it. My heart, mind are throughly engaged (if I’m lucky). What could be enjoyable than that!

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  1. For me If I am in an unhappy or stressed mental space the creative process doesn’t really work. Or I can only get the flow going for short periods, say half an hour. If I’m not living a full life incorporating a range of experiences and challenges outside of just composing then compositionally I have nothing real or interesting to say and express.

    “I guess when it comes down to it love composing because I feel fully alive when I do it. My heart, mind are throughly engaged (if I’m lucky). What could be enjoyable than that!”- I love how you put this because it’s exactly how I feel when I’m composing 🙂

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