When All Else Has Been Done and Said
I promise, this will be the only self-improvement blog about the band Oysterhead this week.
I was watching a concert over the weekend from, you guessed it, Oysterhead. The super group comprised of members of The Police, Primus, and Phish reunited after 15 years, and I was curious to hear what kind of music they’re playing these days. It’s weird stuff, and “alternative” doesn’t even begin to describe it. Certainly not the kind of thing I’d listen to every day, but it was interesting. And I couldn’t believe how much fun the band members were having. They all seemed so relieved to have a break from the commercial demands of their more successful day jobs and just play some music with no expectations.
Lately I’ve been having a very hard time creatively. I’ve lost all the passion that I normally have, I don’t have any kind of project going, and I’m just generally not that happy. I haven’t been able to make myself rally around any kind of new idea, and without creative stimulation, I’m not a fun person to be around. I don’t see a big, mainstream idea coming anytime soon, but I realized that I need my Oysterhead. I need to do something weird for the sake of experimenting. I need to mix up my new collaborators and work with someone new. I need to have fun creating again. And like Dan Ackroyd in Ghostbusters knew, the only way to do that is to work without the expectation of results.
That’s the way to look at it. If even the most successful artists on earth can’t focus on one thing forever, how could I ever expect to? Even if the results are minimal, my heroes need an excuse to collaborate with different people, to do something really weird, even if it’s not commercial. I think the only way to get myself back on the right track is to follow suit.