Day 3391: The creative process

Here and now, I’m trying to overcome some self-consciousness about moving forward with the creative process regarding my original songs.

Before the pandemic, I unexpectedly and joyfully experienced months where my creative process produced many original songs, which I performed at Open Mics and featured in this daily blog.

My manager — a fabulous human being whom I helped create 24 years ago — thinks I should create recordings of my best songs with excellent sound quality and feature them prominently on my YouTube channel.

For some reason, which I can’t quite process, I’ve been avoiding following my son Aaron’s wise advice, focusing instead on the creative process in my therapy groups and on social media.

Part of the creative process, for me, is naming and (sometimes) sharing the obstacles, so I’m hoping that creating this blog post will help me move forward with my original songs. Today, I plan to record a great version of “I Left the House Before I Felt Ready.”

Do you see the creative process in my images for today?

I did NOT create National Pigs in a Blanket Day nor National Pet Parents Day, but I am a proud pet parent to Joan …

… and Harley.

Here’s a video I created at the Sheep Shearing Festival yesterday, which my son Aaron is going to send to his girlfriend overseas:

I hope to create a video of “I Left the House Before I Felt Ready” with better sound quality than that, today.

What are your thoughts and feelings about the creative process?

Gratitude for what I have is part of my creative process, so thanks to all who help me create this blog every day, including YOU.

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22 thoughts on “Day 3391: The creative process

  1. I think you are quite creative here every dang day, Ann. I was fortunate enough to write about people sharing their creative selves with my Central New York community for a good part of my professional career, and I noted that they approached that challenge in various ways that suited their needs and personalities. The world is ready to join your journey!

  2. I left the house … is one of my favorites! Sometimes we just need to remind ourselves how worthwhile it is for others as well as ourselves.and the muse returns 😎🙏🏼💛

  3. I love that you gave life to your manager. Now, that’s creative!

    Do you think that the change in leadership in the US has changed what you want to say in music?

  4. Your muse was busy this day as you creatively put together a series of creative photos capturing others’ creativity. The house with the tiered tulip beds was my favorite. My dad had a circular five tiered tulip bed when I was a kid. Brought me back to his gardening creativity. Made my heart smile. Do record your songs, Ann. Let all the areas of your creativity see the light!! ❤

  5. A busy, and successful, creative process today Ann. I hope the recording go well.

  6. I’m so jealous of all your flowers–the snow has just melted here. But maybe that’s a good think; otherwise, I’d be gardening instead of writing!

  7. Procrastinating is part of the creative process, I think, although it’s not always procrastinating. Sometimes it’s preparing for the next thing, or taking a break between steps. And while it can help to get a push from outside it’s necessary to give ourselves permission to proceed.

  8. we each have our own process, and my creative ideas tend to come in a sudden rush, never percolate. that can be exhilarating or annoying, depending on how and when it happens, but I see it as a good thing. I definitely think you should pursue your musical endeavors, what do you have to lose? nothing. and things often lead to other unexpected things, so see it as an adventure with no clear expected outcome. set the bar for yourself at accepting wherever it lands. you are brave, you are creative, you are ann.

  9. Your creativity never fails to wow me, Ann, particularly since you draw upon it day after day. Know you will triumph in your recording efforts. And that sheep shearing video was fascinating. Have never seen that done from start to finish…very cool.☺️

  10. I think you’ve probably really missed the opportunities for open mic sessions and once you start participating again you’re going to find yourself ready to take the extra steps. You’re always creative, but your entertaining self might be a little restricted from two years of public ups and downs! I have confidence you’ll be producing like you once did, Ann.

    And the sheep shearing festival looks like a LOT of fun!

  11. what a cool video!
    I hope your creativity has returned!

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