Connecting with nature this past weekend on a road trip through NW Mass, Vermont and New Hampshire. Living our best New England life, in other words. I definitely understand now what all the hype is about.
I've had about a week and a half of "having to" deal with life stuff. It can be frustrating when I feel like I'm getting pulled out of the bubble of creation where I currently want to spend all of my time, but in this case I'm also grateful because there were things I hadn't been able to deal with earlier that I now could take care of.
It is with immense joy that am I getting back into the creative work now, though. My friend pointed out how that actually is sort of the point of any kind of abstinence, isn't it? Loving the thing even more once you get it back.
I'm writing, among very many other things, a new choral piece (in general I'm trying to just feel out what I should work on on any given day -- some songs/pieces need a few weeks of rest here and there). I'm very excited about it! It's been seven years since I last wrote a choral piece (vocal jazz not included).
I'm trying not to overthink it at the moment, but there is this recurring problem when I write vocal stuff that some things turn out to be... difficult.. to execute. It's actually very hard for me to tell when something is going to be challenging while I'm writing. Nothing is ever difficult for me to sing. I am aware that this could sound incredibly douchey and self-absorbed, but I hope you all know I don't mean it that way -- the point is that it poses a real challenge when I'm writing for other singers. And at the same time I feel very strongly that I don't want to compromise my artistic integrity by trying to write things that aren't gonna be too hard. Maybe it's the people's ears that just need to get used to the harmonies (I've sung so many things that are very difficult for choirs to execute that are still considered standard repertoire -- it's all a question of getting sounds in your ears and knowing that it IS possible when the choir is advanced enough).