During a recent random YouTube session I came across a band called 2Cellos. Initially, I was leery of even clicking on the link to their video. As usual, curiosity got the better of me and I decided to check them out.
And, man—! Talk about being taken back.
After listening to a few of their songs I was hooked. Their cover of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal moved and inspired me. Immediately after listening to it I was so jazzed up that I wrote close to 3K words. Talk about powerful!
Curious as to whether or not this was a fluke and I wouldn’t be inspired by another instrumental tune, I continued on my YouTube journey, seeking out similar music. I came across the Piano Guys, Piano Tribute to Mumford & Sons, Vitamin String Quartet, William Joseph & more. Each song gave me the same reaction: I really (and I mean really) wanted to write.
Now, I never much listened to music when I wrote before. The lyrics—while often meaningful—always distracted me. Listening to music while writing was more of a distraction than a help. So I always holed myself up in the smallest room in the house, made it as quiet as possible and typed away.
But something has been missing recently. My typically natural creative side and ability to clack away was replaced by staring at my monitor for twenty minutes at a time. Mind you, I’ve still been writing—it has just been more difficult than normal.
I felt this new music was something I needed to utilize if I wanted to get back on track. So iTunes and I had a little exchange and I made a “writing” playlist filled with a plethora of wonderful new songs.
It is working already; the past few days have been accompanied by an influx of ideas ranging from zany to suspenseful to serious. I did spend my lunch money for the week, but I think five days of PB+J will be worth it in the end.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: try something new! It is true for me that, whenever I try a new thing, creativity always pours out of it. I’m glad I clicked on that link because it brought a different element into my life that have only benefited me (despite the ghetto lunches, that is.) If I didn’t, I’d probably still be staring at my monitor wondering what to post about—and, knowing me, I’d probably end up posting about not knowing what to post about again.
I encourage you to give this method a shot! Taste a new taste, try a new perfume, hike on a trail you’ve never hiked before. Hey—even paint your nails a crazy color if it works for you. Do something to stimulate your senses in a way they’ve never been stimulated before.
The point is this: opening yourself up to new things often comes with great inspiration. Don’t limit yourself to what you know. Reach for what you don’t know; you will always expand your horizons and that, my friend, is a key element in writing.
Until next time,