I’m not going to be so bold as to say Valentine’s is one of the most musically productive times of the year. In addition to lovesick lovers, there’s also FAWM. You can’t always wait for inspiration to strike, but there’s something about the strong emotions caused by love that just… triggers something.
Use that inspiration when it occurs. But don’t limit yourself to spontaneous inspiration. Here’s three ways you can use your emotions to make music.
Channel Your Emotions
When something emotionally intense hits you, the only thing to do is to release it. Yes, you can bottle it and stuff it and all that other socially-acceptable nonsense, but I’m pretty sure you understand that emotions need to be shown. Even if it’s in the safety of your room with a guitar or piano, let it out.
You have artistic inclinations for a reason. Let ’em loose. Don’t hold back. Do something ridiculous to express the depths of your heart.
It’s good for you. It’s also good for your productivity and creativity.
Create Your Emotions
Your emotions are triggered by external events, but you can also manipulate your feelings. Contrary to popular advice to follow your heart, you should actually be leading your heart, because you get to choose your actions, thoughts, and yes, feelings.
Emotional manipulation usually boils down to abuse. Don’t do that to yourself – when you read “create your emotions,” you should get the sense of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes for creative purposes. Again, you control your actions and thoughts, which determines your emotional state.
Creating music can’t just happen when you’re inspired. Otherwise you’ll never hone your skills to the point where you want them, and you’ll never make enough bad music to recognize it for what it is.
So if you’re not inspired, make up some intense emotion. Create your own emotionally intense release.
Speak on Behalf of the Voiceless
I’m going to take a wild guess and say that if you’re reading this, you’re quite privileged. You have access to a computer. Probably also to clean water, 3 meals a day, and a bed at night.
You lucky bastard.
Whereas creating your own emotions asks you to put yourself in hypothetical and imaginary circumstances to generate the emotional inspiration to creation, this is asking you to look at the injustices around you and use music to speak to the gap. Your one voice as a lucky bastard is much more likely to be heard than the hundreds of thousands of voices of the less fortunate.
This is a challenge to invest in something wrong with our world. Let dying children break your heart. Let the gunshots of blind faith boil your blood. Let the survival of one more person fill your soul with boundless joy.
Get up and speak so that someone may be heard. You are more than just an individual. You belong to the family of the human race.
Is there something I missed that is guaranteed to inspire you to write? Sound out in the comments! If you have any questions, let me know in the comments. You can always send thoughts, suggestions, and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org as well 🙂 Thanks for reading!