Creative folks hit roadblocks from time to time in their process. Sometimes an idea for the next project is wanting. Other times, the next step in a project underway is unclear.
Although it is natural to think that impediments to our creative march forward are external, as often as not there is an internal, spiritual blockage which has us pacing in a small circle.
For many of us, the creative process involves a channeling of spiritual energies (yes, Doris, we mean G-d). Occasionally the internal pathways conveying spiritual energy require optimization. This process of keeping spiritual channels clear usually requires some form of behavior modification.
Lolita Vampiress forgets sometimes this notion of establishing and maintaining internal channels for the smooth conduction of creative energies. After being bitten, now some 97 years ago, the craving for human blood made creative thought all but impossible. Under the tutelage of her companion Deuce, she learned to hunt small mammals of the night and to take the nourishment she needs from them, rather than from you and me. In fact Lolita went further, adopting some of the observant practices of her Jewish family, such as abstaining from certain forbidden foods (Rabbi’s note: blood is obviously high on that list of no-no’s, but you can only expect so much from a vampiress). These and certain ritual observances have been fundamental to our Vampiric Composer’s successful channeling of creative energies and to a productive creative life.
Nevertheless, Lolita’s last few compositions have simply not been up to par. She was saying as much to Deuce the other day. “Deuce, I am so frustrated with my work these days. I am writing these ambient tracks and they are just not clicking. I have a cool system for picking notes based on colors. I have a reliable process for building the tracks. I am getting my software. But the final results just don’t shine. No impact. No sense of rightness or completeness. Even my instrument picks these days are off.
Deuce took it all in, gently leading Lolita to his next sniffing station. As usual, Deuce considered carefully his response. It turns out our Spaniel is a huge fan of ambient music. For Deuce the ambient track is truly sound for sound’s sake. Or rather it is sound for the sake of everything around it – music without an ego you could say. The ambient track evolves slowly, patiently. It takes deep breaths and invites its listeners to do the same. The ambient track builds a world for you and then gently leads you through it.
Stay tuned for Sniffing Grass and Busting Roadblocks Part 2, in which our Spaniel offers measured words of counsel to his Vampiric Mistress.