In Norway we have a saying that loosely translated would go like this: ” You Don’t Have More Fun, Than The Fun You Create Yourself”.
I do believe that I’m the living proof of that statement.
Yesterday I spent 10 hours and 44 minutes working on nothing but music; my aim this month has been to finalize and complete a body of work that I’ve dubbed: “album nr.3”. This is a number of songs that are all of a personal nature and were all written around the same time.
This material is in my opinion the best songs that I’ve ever written and the body of work is unique in that it was all created around the time frame of 2014-2015, with the majority of the material having been written last year.
I have an incredible amount of “backlogged” material; enough songs for a 2nd Metal Album, ( Metal Album Nr.1 will be released whenever I get the mixes/masters), enough material for 2 instrumental albums and lost of songs & ideas laying about.
My usual M.O. is to work on songs over several years, you could pretty much call my previous songs for musical collages. They all have multiple lyric sets usually, and nothing is settled as a riff in one song could go into another and a bridge section could all of a sudden end up as a chorus in another tune. It’s a giant puzzle in motion where I basically just try to find the right combination of pieces.
In contrast it seems that when I finally decided to write personal music that the songs just came to me in very complete forms as a huge creative tsunami. Maybe this is also why these tracks are being prioritized as the vast majority are new songs and I find this new creative process that I’ve been in the receiving end for very intriguing.
If I focus on the ” fun I can create for myself” I must admit that I enjoy myself tremendously, I don’t have words to describe how cool it is to have the gift of creativity. I do believe it is the gift to be the most grateful for, because if you “only” sing/play/perform you will need other people to create for you.
To be able to conceive something out of absolutely nothing is great, great fun and nothing can compare. The coolest characteristic of creativity as well, is that it always finds a way, either you will draw and fall in love with empty canvases and blank books as it enables you to just create out of thin air, or creativity will come to you in the form of writing and you’ll fall in love with an empty notebook and a simple pen.
The truest form of joy though is when you can use the outlet that you love the most which in my case is music 🙂
If I’m going to be brutally honest I’m never sad or disappointed because of something I do, whenever I’m unhappy it is always caused by factors outside of myself.
But if I’m going to focus on just myself and my abilities, such as the 5 songs I finalised yesterday I’m probably one of the happiest people on this earth. I’m profoundly infatuated with the gifts that I’ve been given and I pat myself on the back for having the drive to put in all the hours and the effort it takes to take these talents somewhere.
Then again I don’t know how many artists that are out there who would consider it “fun” to spend 6-8 hour practise routines, for 6 months, only to reach a specific “goal”. I don’t know how many other musicians who would gladly spend almost 11 hours in a day to complete a group of songs, to meet a specific deadline in order to get the work done. The impression I largely have is that people wanna “have a life” as if thought practising or writing is some sort of sacrifice. Which means that the music gets prioritized when it doesn’t clash with a holiday, a nagging partner or going out for a beer with friends, or watching something on Netflix; etc.
If you reach the goal you have in mind, how could the effort you have to invest be considered a sacrifice?
Wouldn’t the disappointment be if you didn’t reach your goal?
And how can you expect to ever exploit your potential if you are not willing to invest the necessary time and effort?
” You don’t have more fun, than the fun you create yourself”