When you spend 5 hours recording a 3-minute vlog and you’re still unsure if you’ve managed to get your point across 😂
So, in case I haven’t… here is my point in writing:
The creative journey is messy. Sometimes, for a long time, it can seem like you’re not getting any closer to where you want to be.
But all the exploration, all the detours, all the trying, all the failing, all the bumps in the road… I believe they’re all helping you to get closer to the essence of your unique creative voice.
At the beginning of this year, I felt I had wasted a lot of time trying to learn about music production when all of a sudden I found myself only wanting to make simple guitar songs.
I literally spent 2 months thinking I had wasted 2 years trying to learn to work with Ableton when I would have been better off practicing guitar.
But then, a while into my ‘acoustic guitar only’ phase I realized it wasn’t so much that I just wanted to write guitar songs.
It was just that I needed to write songs on guitar for a WHILE to get back to my intrinsic motivation and to realize I was simply craving to move into a simpler, more soulful musical direction (not to give up on music production itself).
But dang, that got messy and confusing and frustrating for a while!
What I wanted to share today is that I now see how all the exploration we go through on our journey is essential to grow into the core of what will become our unique creative voice.
We take with us all the skills (not to mention life experiences) we build on our journey, and it is never a waste of time.
My friend came up with a little ven diagram to illustrate this point, which you can see in the video.
In other words… let’s trust this messy process, and keep going!
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When I feel musically uninspired and like everything I can possibly come up with is just LAME, I start by mixing and matching sounds that other people made, and adding my own flavor to it.
Today I’m jamming with a beat from an Abletunes template, 2 samples from UNDGRND and of course my own vocal with some singing & slicing and a vocal FX rack from AfroDJMac.
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“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” – Andy Warhol
Right on Andy, right on.
When several people on different occasions mention the same quote in 1 week, you know you gotta pay attention yo.
I’m gonna make even more art!
In fact, it’s my intention to finish 2 tracks a month from now on, instead of 1.
And yes, I’m saying that out loud to keep myself accountable! #eek
Check out a preview of my latest one by hitting play on the video. You can listen to the full demo here: https://soundcloud.com/anjakicken/i-feel-you-demo
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What is the kindest thing you’ve done for yourself lately?
For me, it’s giving myself permission to practice.
As much as I wish I was releasing my tracks yesterday, having the patience to say to myself “It’s OK to practice some more” has been freeing.
It’s OK to take more time.
It’s OK that I didn’t start out making epic beats out of nowhere.
It’s OK that I studied “vocals” and not “songwriting” and have some catching up to do.
It’s OK that it took a while to know what kind of music I wanted to make in the first place.
It’s OK that it takes time to figure out how this whole producing thing works.
It’s OK to be learning and sharing the process.
It’s all just freaking OK.