Ethno-musicologist Dave Gray encourages us to accept our fears in order to access a deeper creativity.
If you are stuck on a creative project, sometimes the best thing to do is to find a place where you can still yourself and turn off your mind.
There is one place you can do this that is very close to you…
Your Bathroom Cathedral
It’s easy to let fear get to us when we are working on a creative project.
Sometimes the most personal intimate and private room available is a bathroom. It is our personal 24-hour Cathedral or church.
Go to a bathroom, sit down and turn off your mind.
Focus on the sounds you are hearing in the bathroom and let your mind drift from the project you are currently focusing on.
Enjoy a moment of peace and quiet. When you’re ready, read the next section:
It’s OK To Be Afraid
All musicians are uneasy and sometimes fearful of the unknown at times; it’s a very natural reaction and nothing to be ashamed of.
Some of us have never heard that it’s okay to feel scared – just know that you can walk through it on a minute to minute basis.
Whether it is a practice routine or musical scale we have to learn, we can still lean on our creative spirit to guide us through the unknown.
We can empower ourselves through the magic of creativity. Even if we don’t feel it yet, the process of ‘acting-it-out’ can extract a bit of courage out of us.
In doing this, we will gradually come to know the inner music reaching out to us. The more we acknowledge our strength to move through our fears in music, the more this becomes a working part of our life.
So let go of fear, and give into the journey into the unknown.
A Final Word
Here’s a sentence you can say to yourself as you look to your creative future:
Finding Strength I will dig deep and discover a new found strength to face the creative unknown.
Dave Gray has performed on, produced and engineered hundreds of projects. He is also an ethnomusicologist; his PhD specializes in the production techniques of multi-award winning Canadian music producer Daniel Lanois. Dave started producing and engineering after working with Rick Rubin in Los Angeles. Gray has also performed and recorded with artists from major labels: Columbia, Wind Up, Warner Bros. and Capital records. See his Website and Canadian Recordings Website.