Creative Process: Collaboration is Stressful

20 Jun

Our Composer of Music for Art is branching into new territory these days with a collaborative effort.  The hard part about this process for  her is giving something away, losing control.

She is all stressed out that she will turn off her collaborators with her instructions and qualifications.  This morning she did some good updates to a low bass groove (composition) and a brass groove for a collaboration called “Concentrate”.  The whole  thing is starting to gel.  She has the brass and bass anticipating the percussion groove by a 16th note, and the whole thing is rocking, grooving.

She had placed some earlier iterations of the grooves on Soundcloud and low and behold, she went on Soundcloud and her partner had already found the posts.  “Oh no!  He is already liking them and they still suck!!,” she says to herself.

She gathers her senses and her delicate composure, taps into her deep wisdom, takes a breath, and says “I shall communicate with my collaborator.  I will let him know where I am at.”  And so she does.  And she let’s it go.

When we enter into something new, a new process, or technique, or friendship, anything that involves real growth, we have to be willing to suck, to make mistakes, to land in unexpected, sometimes awkward, uncomfortable places, where we have not yet developed so many tools to deal.  But the very fact that you have landed in such places, and are here to tell the tale, means you are a growing person.  You are an evolving person – you are building a bigger toolbox of experience, knowledge.  You productive pallet and your capacity for productive work are expanding.

So take a deep breath and acknowledge the bigger picture, even as you flail with everything so new – you are fully engaged in a critical aspect of the creative process – sharing early work, receiving feedback, joining yourself into something Bigger than yourself.

Feel the rush of creative connection and

Spark on!


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