10 Tracks 10 Weeks Week 4 – Crush
9th August 2010
In order to be this prolific I’m learning how to let go fast.
After a total meltdown on Saturday afternoon, I faced the very real possibility of releasing something on Monday that I wasn’t particularly enthusiastic about.
This goes against every fibre of my being. But to follow through on what I’ve very publically set out to do, I sat there attempting to finish something I wasn’t sure about. This is in stark contrast to my experience so far.
I didn’t even know whether this lack of enthusiasm was due to the music being pants or my state of mind/level or tiredness at the time, as (to coin a phrase) “my mind was telling me no but my body was telling me yes”. So I went and had a freak out on the ever sympathetic Mrs. Monday before pulling myself together and attempting to get back to it.
When I sat down I indulged in a little procrastination and followed a tweet to this article on how to be prolific. It changed the way I thought about what I was doing. For the better.
This project as a whole is more important than the sum of its parts. If I end up writing something that I’m not 100% happy with, then so what? I’ve another chance to write my masterpiece the following week. Its more important to get something out, anything, than nothing at all.
And with this new understanding I promptly nailed this weeks track “Crush” within 24 hours, and ended up loving it. Its one of my favourites so far. Isn’t it amazing what a little targeted procrastination can do?
ADDENDUM: for those interested to hear how Crush sounded before my Saturday freak out I’ve posted a demo here: How I Finished Crush