Creative Process: Quitting While You are Ahead

19 Jun

You would think that when on a roll, keep going.  And frequently this is true.   But be aware of how practical limitations may be influencing, for the worse, the quality of your work while on your “roll.”  Our Composer of Music  for Art finally wrapped her arms this morning around some problems with her recent composition – a low bass loop.  This loop is destined to be part of a larger track – a collaborative project involving two other composers.

Our Girl had struggled with the choice of sound for this low bass loop.  This morning she went back to her roots – her old Yamaha DGX-200 synthesizer keyboard, and she found the perfect sound.   This process was taking her up to her self-imposed 7:00 a.m. cutoff to move into blogging.  But she was on a tear.  The recording was sounding great.  Now she wanted to perfect the loop, share it out on her composers’ website, share it with her collaborators.  She found herself beginning to stress, beginning to explore ways to cut corners.

Quality was threatened.

Fortunately, our enlightened Lady of Music for Art took a deep breath, acknowledged the value of sticking with her blogging schedule, and also reminded herself that her best projects reached fruition in the fullness of time, and with calm thoughtful, baby steps.

So she stopped.

There will be times when you must press on.  There will be deadlines or other realities which make obvious the need to press on, to finish, maybe even to compromise quality and richness for the sake of production.  But most of the time, relish your process, relish the connection you have achieved that gives you the sense of being “on a roll.  Carry that energy into the next part of your day.  Remember all the connectivity, the inter-relatedness of the aspects of your day and your life.  You are off to a fantastic, productive start this morning.  You can look forward to returning tonight to your creative work and to a great project finish.  In the meantime, you can look forward to all the experiences of the day which you are so opened to.

Spark on


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