When working with people, for other people, what I'm trying to do is help them to realise their goals and their overall creative vision of the project.
It’s probably terribly difficult to do. Perhaps, even, impossible. But if it is desired that the listener listen without preconception then shouldn’t, at least to some degree, the composer, the songwriter - the maker - create without preconception, too?
What does a mime do, really? Are they a fake, or is miming actually, really, a deeply-hidden truth revealed through performance?
I haven’t yet found a shortcut. One might be natural aptitude. Another would be interest; these aren’t shortcuts exactly, but they make the learning seem less arduous.
As a short aside to that, there is an undeniable tendency to get comfortable in the world created for us by others.
Cultivate it in its many forms, fried, deep fried, wet and dry, plain and flavoured, happy and sad, fierce and tender. All the many shades of sound that exist must be within reach.
I am all filled up with beginning because I am beginning. Beginning music, that is. I will begin, and I will post, such details as they are, here. And so the beginning will exist.
If you don’t have enough time to get things done, maybe you should focus on the three things each day that are most important to you.
There have been a few wobbles the past few months - producing a fresh, insightful weekly newsletter is a challenge - but having spent a half day this week combing through past editions it was a welcome relief to find some wonderful gems in there, and the feeling of vindication is strong.
I am interested in concepts that relate to sound, audio, music, sound and moving image, and will spend the next few weeks collecting the concepts that underpin these areas.
There is a time to be creative. That time can by any time, but it's not all the time.
Being this way has its advantages - this quality lends itself to being pragmatic, mostly sanguine, adaptable, and unflustered; all positive 'soft skills' to possess, so they tell me.