My Recipe for Composing Music

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of meditation
  • 1/2 cup of balanced life
  • 1/2 teaspoon income – because no-one likes being stressed out by money problems
  • 1/2 teaspoon of encouragement from peers and or mentors
  • Pinch of fine creative friends for lively conversation
  • 1 cup packed of listening to music*
  • 60 grams of birdsong (or other creative inspiration)
  • 1/4 cup of quiet time in my studio with a cup of tea
  • 2 tablespoons of a good nights sleep
  • Zest from surprising new experiences
  • 1 teaspoon sweetness and love

* Substitute art, theatre, literature or pursuits appropriate to your creative practice.

Instructions:
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  1. Prepare yourself for a session of creative play. Limber up with meditation, a morning walk in nature, a moment with the muse.
  2. Aim for a relaxed yet alert state of mind.
  3. Withdraw from the busy-ness of the world for a couple of hours. Avoid getting caught up in vortex of web browsing, email or Facebook. Otherwise, you could find yourself doing admin instead of being creative.
  4. Enter the studio in a relaxed frame of mind. Know that your busy mind won’t quiet that easily. Witness it request a drink, ask what’s for lunch, pipe up about that one email you should really respond to. Let it all go. Gently draw your attention back to the musical ideas in front of you. Those distracting everyday thoughts will soon be replaced by more compelling creative ideas.
  5. Don’t think about deadline and don’t let it force you into making a decision too soon about how a particular musical phrase/piece should sound. Stay open to discovery by playfully experimenting with your material.
  6. Add in decision-making a bit at a time. Combine with intuition, bigger picture thinking until the piece starts to take shape.
  7. Sprinkle in some zest from surprising new experiences. Stay open to the unexpected whilst trying out options for the right ending/ beginning/ middle.
  8. Offset frustration with sweetness and love. If that fails, a good chat with creative friends may help.
  9. Cook for a few months until the piece tells you that it’s done.
  10. Leave to cool; then listen to the whole piece again and revise if necessary.
  11. Release from the computer (and your mind) via the printer. Dust with a title, a short description and a few instructions for a performer.

Congratulations – your musical score is now ready to be played and enjoyed!

Enjoy creativity regularly as part of a rich and fulfilling life. What’s your recipe for creativity?

corrina About The Author: Corrina Bonshek composes nature inspired music from her home near Centennial Park, Sydney, where she enjoys daily visits from the friendly neighbourhood Rainbow Lorrikeets and Currawongs. Listen to her bird inspired music at www.bonmusic.com.au