Lately I’ve been writing music for a new project. This project is essentially the start of a new band. There’s something special about this band, though: its goals are not guided by my vision, but by someone else’s.
All my previous music projects have been helmed by my own vision. I’d write the music based on what I wanted to hear. I did all the recording, mixing, and production. The album artwork would also be mine to make. All of that had to done singularly, with my vision as the captain. This new project, however, was not started by me. This project’s leader has his own distinct idea of what the music needs to be. So, whatever music I write for this band will be in accordance with a sound and idea that I did not generate myself. Instead, I get to interpret the idea.
This has been a refreshing change of pace. I feel inspired to create new things for this band because I’m less emotionally attached to what I create. I’m hoping this will ﬁnd me more success than I have experienced in the past, as my own emotional attachment to the music I write is much lower. With that established, I have nothing left to do but focus on making the best music I can make. Perhaps this will help me learn to sever the emotional ties I have invested my music, and to instead just make the best product possible. Maybe that’s the lesson here. Whatever the case, it’s a step forward, and a fresh one at that.
Creative and Musician