It’s been two weeks of my Singing Songwriting Challenge. Well… It’s been a CHALLENGE. It’s been tough. The challenge was not in the singing or songwriting itself, but in the BATTLE against all the odds and different commitments that kept me away from what I love and supposed to be doing.
It takes time to “catch the right frequency”. Then the moment you finally immerse yourself into the parallel world of words and sounds, you hear the door squeaking and “Papa wants coffee, and I’d like hot chocolate”. Right… Good morning! Time to get everyone ready for the day.Then you try this again after the morning run. Something happens again. You spend a couple of hours connecting everything in your studio. All is working finally, and with the sweet sense of satisfaction, you start recording a song and alarm rings “Pick the kids up!” and so on.
Sometimes I just want to be exiled to a deserted island with only guitar, pen, diary and a recorder, for 2 weeks or so (presuming there’re plenty of bananas and freshwater 🍌🐒😁).
Last week I was feeling like a real Warrior guarding my territory as much as I could, protecting the little space that I saved for myself, not letting circumstances break into it. ⚔🏹✊ I came to a realisation that a big part of my problem came from not being well equipped to face the “undesired guests”. So yesterday I spend all day learning about weaponry and choosing the best and most effective armour, preparing myself for the Week 3 of my Challenge (in other words, I was re-reading a book about time management, doing lots of writing and brainstorming, choosing best tricks and methods to stay focused and on track).
This morning I got up at 4 am. ☀️ All armoured and well equipped I confidently walked into my room, lit candles and without any distractions stepped into a beautiful land of songwriting with the help of the magic sounds spilling out of my headphones, irrigating my yet sleepy soul. By 6 am, I finished working on The Song. Hooray! 🎶
Shall The Week Three of my Singing Songwriting Challenge begin! May the Force be with me. ✊😊🎶
Painting by Andrey Shishkin.