Okay, I have two stories about giving yourself the gift of time to work on your songwriting:
The Long of It
I just spent four of the last six hours writing songs and playing my guitar, under fluffy clouds and a clear blue sky, with an expanse of beautiful grass across from me; tall pine trees surrounding me and a white hammock nearby for occasional breaks.
Not bad, huh? I’m spending a week at my favorite songwriting retreat, SummerSongs, and I’ve decided to ditch my usual menu of classes and workshops and mostly spend my time noodling and practicing and creating.
Now, forget about the hammock and the fluffy clouds and the pine trees for a second — I ask you, when was the last time you spent a serious span of uninterrupted time writing your songs? For me, I can hardly remember…maybe never? I typically squeeze in my writing in between work, time with my husband, friends and family, stupid e-mail and social media *%$&# and an epic second viewing of all seasons of The Sopranos. And often writing songs comes in dead last on that priority list.