Three ways to project an idea into a song
This is how a creative human works. Collecting, Connecting, sharing.
Says, Amanda Palmer in her book The Art of Asking.
Collecting dots can either be experiencing or emotionally and intellectually processing the world around us: the ingredients that go into the poetic metaphor or the wider and longer-term collection: the time it takes to fall in and out of love, so that you can describe it in song, or the time it takes a painter to gaze at a landscape before deciding to capture it on canvas.
Some artists prefer to connect the dots from the already collected dots. For example, a novelist who takes five years to perfect a story or a musician who takes a decade to compose a single symphony to attain an excellent piece of art. All artists connect the dots differently, though.
We all start off with all these live, fresh ingredients that are recognizable from the reality of our experiences ( heartbreak, a finger, a parent, an eyeball, a glass of wine) and we throw them in the Art Blender. My songs are personal and intimate; a lot of them chronicle my inner life. I mine the depths of my own experience and lay it on the page, sometimes naked, sometimes in costume. I fictionalize to protect myself and my targets (though I’ve still had to organize several apology dinners with ex-lovers to ask forgiveness).
Most stage performers, however, are interested in the final phase: sharing, even though it's difficult.
This impulse to connect the dots—and to share what you’ve connected—is the urge that makes you an artist. If you’re using words or symbols to connect the dots, whether you’re a “professional artist” or not, you are an artistic force in the world. When artists work well, they connect people to themselves, and they stitch people to one another, through this shared experience of discovering a connection that wasn’t visible before.
Some artists even follow a monastic schedule. A balanced artist/musician knows which working style works best and when.
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