Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Songs between my teeth

The song I've been working on for over three months is finished. Hooray!

This means I'm between songs.

You know how it is when you get something stuck between your teeth, like one of those little popcorn shells? You work and worry it with your tongue, try to claw it out with fingernails, but you can't get it out to save your life ... until suddenly you do.

You feel enormous relief. All is right with the world. And yet, part of you kind of misses the struggle.

Same deal with songwriting. I've been ready to get this tune finished and put away for a while now. But I want to start working on some new song in its place, to give my mind something to work and worry over.


John Wenger said...

This is one of the nicest, most concise statements of the creative process I have ever seen. On some level, it is the story of life itself.

DeppityBob said...

Use a toothpick. This applies to both popcorn and the creative process. You're welcome.

Jeff Shattuck said...

I know exactly how you feel. I'm in the same boat now, but okay with it, because I need to shift from writing to recording. The song backlog is too big!

Fireblossom said...

congrats on completing your song!

cinderkeys said...

Dad: Thanks! The analogy doesn't always apply for me, but it was way past time to finish this song.

Dep: What makes you think I *don't* use a toothpick?

Jeff: No such thing as a too-big backlog. The bigger it is, the more there is to choose from when it comes time to record.