Lolita Vampiress, as some may know, is a dedicated composer. Until recently, she has produced in an eclectic, dissonant style which defies genre classification. A few weeks ago she discovered an unaccompanied vocal loop which has inspired a foray into the dance/trance category.
Our reformed vampiress has found over the centuries that her best results come from a creative process that is well-integrated with her daily routine. This does not necessarily mean that she composes every day, which she doesn’t. Rather, she seeks a regular progression of self-maintenance activity that leads her as often as possible to those quiet, centered moments when patience rules and inspiration sparks.
Arriving at those moments frequently is a function of regular self-care. The elements of that self care support her physical, mental and spiritual well-being and include: exercise; sleep; diet; social engagement; study; piano practice/vocalizing; and (of course) holding down the day job.
Just as Lolita’s system of self-care forms the macro support for her creative work, so on a micro level does her composition process have it’s own nurturing routines. She takes several days becoming familiar with the notes she has selected for her music. She gets them in her ear. She explores all the possible combinations and how those combinations relate. Armed in this way, Lolita creates the most perfect progression of notes which she can conjure.
Every moment of our day offers an opportunity to calibrate for creative work. That calibration takes many forms. We subdue our anger. We lend a hand. We brighten our thinking. We find ourselves in a virtuous circle of mindfulness, to be present for each of those opportunities which ultimately nurtures us as artists and maximizes our potential to do good work. We are happy in the moment and looking forward to our creative time.