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QOTD – March 11 – Dry Spell

We all hit dry spells once in a while. Sometimes they take a few days to get beyond, or sometimes they keep going and going and going, and it feels like nothing will ever work. I hit my songwriting dry spell a few months ago – June to be exact. So, I guess it’s been more than just a few months. I’ve spent the last 18 years writing songs, playing a few nights of week, and truly making a decent second career out of playing bars, cafes, and venues. It was always a lot of fun… until it wasn’t. I finally hit my wall after my month-long tour in August, and I just stopped. I wasn’t interested in playing anymore. The band I’d been in dissolved, and I pretty much sold everything. Even before the tour I had felt it coming. I wasn’t as invested in it as I had been, and there were some shows where I just didn’t feel like I was being very honest.

After a nice long break, I decided it was time to at least grab a guitar and see what would happen. I’ve been singing for a new band, and it’s been such a treat to simply listen to the music they create, and contribute just vocals and lyrics, but something was tugging at me the last little bit – and my guitar just looked so sad in the corner of my living room. So, for the first time since June, I grabbed her up, restrung her, tossed a notebook on the couch, and in less than an hour had come up with a pretty decent tune for such a long hiatus. It felt right, and more importantly, it felt honest.

When was the last time you hit a dry spell? What did you do to fix it? How did you feel afterward?

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

One comment on “QOTD – March 11 – Dry Spell

  1. Robert Long
    March 11, 2014

    Kinda in a dry spell right now. I write for a hobby, but since we started the RAP in English class, I’ve been turned off to the idea of writing paragraphs and making them look good and relevant. I hope that things Will pick back up in April when the paper is finally done.

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