Finding my voice

Who are we? What makes us authentic? Is it what we do? Is it what we want to do? Is it fate, D.N.A. or nurture? These and other philosophical musings occupy too much of my time. The current reason for this line of thought is with regard to my music.

I am wondering what is ‘my sound’ or ‘my voice’? What is the distinctive I bring to my art? Or, where does my art sit among the sounds that are already out there.

Eventually I will find my voice, although I would have hoped to be a little closer after so many years. It sits somewhere between acoustic folk and dystopian electronica… and folktronica is a thing! Perhaps this is where I am heading. Although, it seems that particular style uses samples far more than I currently do.

I’m getting off point here though. Which is what I often do. Genres (rules) restrict, however, rules (genres) often enhance creativity. It can focus our effort. If I only have a ukulele I will be more creative with how I use it. If I have a wide range of musical instruments and effects, will it dilute things, dilute ‘my voice’?

As I take this creative minimal journey there are plenty of challenges. Deciding what to remove from my musical toolbox is just one of many steps.

Some guidance on minimalism and creativity

 There’s only showing up, and trying our best to do good work. Day after day, year after year.

A great quote and a good post that got me thinking about how minimalism relates to my creative process. I am always looking for something extra to add to my creative sandbox. Quite often this is done at the expense of just getting on with creating.

I am quite focussed at being minimal in most things, but when it comes to my own creativity, I find it very easy to convince myself that I need additional bits and pieces. More about my own journey in the coming weeks, but if you are struggling with a desire for yet another foot pedal, then this post may just help.

Choosing Better Work Over More Tools

Singing the blues; saying goodbye

I’m getting rid of things. If I don’t use it, or don’t need it, I am saying goodbye. It’s a goal and rule I am trying very hard to implement.

learn to play

In today’s objects of no desire, is my old picture guitar chord book. I have had this for over 30 years. I’ve kept it primarily for nostalgic reasons, I haven’t learnt a new guitar chord for many a year.

I taught myself to play guitar using this book. I followed the pictures and learnt the shapes and the chords. I was about 12 or 13 at the time. Along with learning the shapes I was allowed to play along with another guitar chap at the local church youth group. I will always be grateful to Roy T, for the help, encouragement and advice he gave me. Who’d have thought folk xian choruses from the late 70s would come in useful.

The book has no use and I don’t need it, so it’s off to the charity shop. I hope someone will find it, buy it and learn to play. I believe we need more music in the world.

I don’t need the book, but hopefully someone else will. It’s time to share the music.