I’ve often scribbled down ideas for songs, compositions and other creations, only to leave them languishing for years, possibly never to be finished. About seven years ago I decided that I would try to actually finish the things that I started when inspiration strikes, since I wanted to capture the experiences behind the inspiration before they disappeared. The result was many of the songs on my current album On the Rocks, as well as many other creations.
Having recently come back from Japan, I was full of memories and feelings that I wanted to process through song, text and imagery. I have gone some way towards that goal, but find that I’m about to travel again without having finished processing my Japan memories. I have a tight deadline, as my next trip, while it is only to Sydney, will again overwhelm me due to the intense experience that is being part of an intervarsity choral festival. I don’t want to lose the Japan experience from my mind so soon.
On the other hand, if there is a creation that has been stalled, I can easily start it again when a matching mood hits me. The meanings and stories may change but the mood remains the same. Let’s see what happens when I return from my next trip.