Discovering the Relevance of Words
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?