Do you find yourself choosing to only write songs when your inspired by heartache or some other major life event? Here’s a quick list of some truly great art the world would never know if the artist had said, “I only create when I’m inspired, otherwise I will just be forcing it”:
Michael Angelo spent four years painting theSistine Chapel. He painted daily for years, embracing his work (labour). He didn’t want to take the job at first because he considered himself a sculptor not a painter. But once he committed to the job, he didn't wait for inspiration to strike. He began and inspiration found him daily.
Monet painted the Japanese Bridge in his gardens at Giverny 71 times. He didn’t wait until he felt inspired to paint the perfect version of this bridge. He painted it from different angles in different light all day long and let the work inspire him. I doubt he even thought to himself, “this one looks like the last 70!”
Songwriting is grueling, brain-numbing work with little reward. Then, there are the difficult aspects. It’s easy to get discouraged and I’ve had many friends and co-writers lay down the pen. So, in dedication to those who have given up writing, I want to offer a few reasons that we should all keep writing, even when it’s hard:
You have something to say that no one else can say. Your life experience gives you a perspective that no one else on earth has. If you don’t write your story, no one ever will. That little piece of humanity is lost without you telling YOUR truth.
Your voice deserves to be heard. In a world where many don’t feel like they have a voice at all, writers do. People will listen to what you write. They want to hear what you have to say. It may be tens of people or millions of people. Either way, let your voice be heard.