I normally write my first draft and type my first draft of these posts during my lunch hour at work. One day however I used most of my time to finish a set of song lyrics.
Most of lines for this particular set of lyrics I wrote between three and four o’clock in the morning.
I was lying in bed waiting for my daughter to get home and couldn’t get back to sleep. I probably woke up to go to the bathroom. Any male over 50 knows what I am talking about. My daughter was twenty eight at the time but a parent never stops worrying about their kids.
To take my mind off of this worry and to help me get back to sleep I started thinking about song lyrics.
Before I went to bed that night I read a couple of lines I had written. I thought this might help me remember the feel of the piece when I wake up the next morning. If you read my post “Creative Mornings” you know that my most creative time has shifted from late night to early morning when my head is still clear.
I wanted to be prepared to continue working on this set of lyrics when I woke up.
I had been kicking around the idea for a couple of days and wanted to get it done before it lost its steam.
I’m lying in bed and come up with four lines. I repeat them over and over hoping I can memorize them so I don’t forget until the sun comes up. But I realize I’ll never remember them so I get up and go to the kitchen to write them down.
Thinking now that I got that out of my system I’ll lay back down and go back to sleep. The good thing is my mind is off the worrying but now I can’t stop running potential song lines through my head.
I came up with four more lines but to a completely different song idea.
I’m still not done.
I lay back down but now I’m back on the first song. Within a few minutes I have four more lines and have to get up one more time. I can’t believe my wife hasn’t said anything to me at this point.
I toyed with the idea of just staying up and writing until my daughter got home but I have to be up at six AM for the job that pays the bills.
Finally she gets home and I go back to sleep.
When I woke up again at six o’clock AM I came up with some final touches on the song and wrote them down.
Then over lunch that day I put them all together with some edits.
I was pretty pleased with the results.
I typed them up that night with some final edits.
The point I wanted to write down today was be prepared to have that creative moment and be able to capture it.
I’m sure we have all had that really great idea but failed to get it recorded before it slipped into oblivion.
I’m going to make sure I have a tablet, pen and a soft light by my bed just like I stuff my jacket, car and briefcase with paper and pens so when I think it I can write it down.
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