A change of…


anything can help with creativity, for me travelling, visiting and experiencing different situations inspires many ideas. Intermittent blogs at the moment as I am visiting different parts of England and only a short hello today as there is so much new music to complete.

I do not travel with my computer, just a small notebook to jot down germs of ideas, some musical directions or in a few cases complete works. The most recent inspiration came in the form of words, poetry with rhymes in many cases, and the concepts for the music to accompany these verses arrived slightly later.

The situations that stimulate these musical ideas are often to do with the sounds of travelling. The train or plane makes jotting down ideas easier and in the past I have tried to sing into a personal recorder over the noise of a car engine. The end results have mainly been difficult and sometimes impossible to decipher.

Already a set of music has evolved from the travels and another set of music I wrote a few years ago has been discovered on a hard drive so the summer has been most productive. Both should be published in the next few weeks and you can judge how fruitful this time has been.

Undoubtedly the weather this year has been very kind to most crops, the garden has been bountiful, and it has helped the inspiration as well. A change of weather/environment/situation does a world of good for the creative muse.

© P.R.Birkby 2014


About derangeddrums

Composer, percussionist, musical director, teacher and educator. My music has been written for audiences in palaces and in the street. Music is my vocation and my passion and I hope you enjoy it too.
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