Growls, Grunts and Moans
By Tim Ogle - 08/26/2007 - 08:45 AM EDT
Recently Rick Moore and I have been working on a song together. I met
Rick about two months ago and we've been getting together for writing
sessions ever since. I remember that first session quite well. I looked
at Rick and said "Rick, I'm going to do something I've never done
before." Rick said "Yeah, what's that?" I said "I'm going to quit
trying to be cool while we do this." We both laughed.
Being too cool can hinder your ability to create. Rick and I both
have stepped away from trying to be cool and it has really opened up
our sessions. We both find ourselves offering phrases that make
absolutely no sense at all and in a moment's time, they turn out to be
lines that are powerful for our songs.
Sometimes you just have to think out loud. That means you will not
always have great lines, but through trust and collaboration, those
ramblings can turn into great lines for songs.
The creative process has a potential that can be stymied by not
just letting go. Sometimes you have to grunt, growl, howl and hum the
weirdest stuff to get where you want to go. Those times may be the
uncoolest pieces of tape in your work tape collection but I believe
they can get you to where you want to be. In fact, I dare say that those
grunts, growls and moans can help you find expression that touches the
deepest part of the soul, especially for more heart felt songs.
I encourage you to play that new progression you've been fooling
with right now. While you're doing so growl, grunt, moan and sing
over it. You may be pleasantly surprised at what comes out and what
that "noise" turns into.
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