May be more than you wish to read! but I have written out my “stream of consciousness” for the 30 days of writing “a melody a day”. I will be putting this into an article soon, but for now, while it is fresh…here we go!
I challenged myself to write a melody a day for 30 Days. (I had done A Melody a Day a year ago and learned so much thought I would bring it around again with a new attitude.)
Giving myself a “challenge” of a simple creative task to do each day results in interesting emotions.
Here is how I planned out my “Melody a Day” assignment to myself:
1. Upon waking up go to the piano
2. Put my hand on the piano and see what notes come out
3. Record the tune on the video
Okay-Three easy steps, right? Here are several things that happen throughout this creative process:
-Voice in my head says: “nah….go to the computer and check emails” when I began to walk to the piano
-Inner creative voice says: Go to the piano…I go
-Keep it simple-just play a chord, get a key in my head, go from there
-Think about what is happening in my natural surroundings right now, reflect on that to create the melody
-add words? No, keep it simple-just a melody
-looks like I have kept each melody at about 32 beats, or 8measures (noticing s this after the fact)
-Some days, I would add chords in the left hand-others just a right hand melody
-Notice that I pressure myself to go bigger-write a song! Make it larger, add words, what is the point of a simple melody each day? Where is this going?
-I had to discipline myself to just a melody and thatn needed to be enough
-now, how to record it? Stick to play it record it on video
-I have a way of “recording” on paper writing out the name of each note with arrows to show octaves
-Dropped the written part and stuck to the pure essence of “playing the melody” and “recording with video
-Feelings pressure anxiety I hear this part way through certain melodies in the stopping and starting of each new phrase
-joy for writing a melody that paints a picture or emotion
-annoyance when I cannot just play and record in one shot
-frustration days I just did not want to write a melody I became frustrated with what I “should” do and gave myself the gift of just dropping it for the day
-Guild I challenged myself to this task of a melody a day stick to it! Drop the guilt for not following through on my own challenge
Freedom it is so freeing to play a melody record, listen to it later and free my mind
-pride I am proud of my abilities to create a tune
Past learning those piano lessons voice and theory lessons serve a greater purpose. I have knowledge that I can apply to this process as long as it doesn’t hinder the creation in which it can
-connection others have written to me wanting more…I see the ways these melodies can be used for collaboration love the idea will look further into this but for this challenge, I wanted to remain simple melodies.
-discipline-keeping to my 3 step challenge/plan seems direct and controlling, but in the control, I found my flexibility and lightness of creation. I was free to write a simple melody all strings cut to bigger ideas, collaboration, several chices of recording
-limiting choices gave me expanded freedom to create purity of creating
-discipline of sticking to the plan each day
Pulled off track by emotions others my own pressure to go bigger to collaborate
-on track created 18 melodies kept the pressure low supported myself disciplined myself used my own gifts and skills…and talent
-further? Collaboration, dance, video, personal song writing
-feeling like I want to go to the piano and just feel the joy of creating
-writing bigger, longer pieces sets in motion more work , more practice, bigger pressure exciting challenges choose wisely.