What is it about inspiration? Where does it come from? Art, films, nature? Trauma, heartache? Perhaps just a simple cup of tea and a flippin’ nice view? .
.. and hopefully that view consists of a sexy naked man…
In my opinion, the obvious answer to this question is: Love. I think most of the inspiration in the whole wide world has to do with relationships. Relationships with friends, family, a lover…Love consisting of a breakup, or maybe a new fresh romance. It’s natural to feel so many emotions when there are people in your life that you love so deeply. By putting my trust on the line, many times I get frustrated and upset because these things aren’t reciprocated, and the relationship doesn’t work out…And then BAM! New song. At least I’m winning. 🙂 The same goes for when I’m in the beginnings of a new relationship and everything is exciting. Everything is tingly. I love that feeling, just like everybody else does, and for the most part, those feelings of LOVE inspire me to write up new tunes.
Some more obvious inspirations are beautifully filmed films, poems that create imagery and stunning photography. All of these things inspire me because they stem from one specific thing: Travel. Travel awakens my soul. It takes me to a brand new place, and allows me to open my eyes and open my heart. I feel so at peace when I’m travelling. If I can’t travel in that very moment, then I read a poem, or go find some beautiful photography to whisk me away to more stunning place. Even sitting outside or going for a short walk will do it. But, of course, real travel is always the better option if you can afford it!
I also have a handful of really amazing friends and family. The people that surround my life really support me and challenge me to reach new heights in my art. I like having friends who are creative, because then we can be creative together in the same space. (I was with one of my best girlfriends having a cup of tea when I got the inspiration for my song Change the World.) My sisters, my parents, even Peachie puppy all inspire me with their behaviors and words. It’s quite lovely.
Here are a few more things little nuggets that inspire me:
*Motivational Speakers. They give me the courage and motivation to keep doing what I love to do, and give me faith that I will be able to support myself one day. P.S > My fans also have the same effect on me 🙂
* The moment of relaxation when I am just about to drift off to sleep. Many times, a jingle will come into my head, or a word, or a phrase. Then I have to force myself to wake up and type or hum it into my phone so that I don’t forget in the morning!
*If I am in the middle of my day, running errands, working or surfing the web, somebody might say the slightest phrase and it will be enough to inspire me. If this phrase or word is able to create imagery in my head, I know that it’s an important piece in my art, and I will type it in my phone to remember.
*Education. I wrote so many of my songs from my previous two albums while I was studying in college. Whether it was in between classes, after a heavy project, or during holidays. I was constantly able to pull my writing from daily life, and it came quite natural to me. I feel that when I learn things, my mind opens up to receive new information, and at the same time my imagination is set free into a new creative world. It’s a magical thing, and I am so fortunate to have education be a part of my creative process.
So…That’s all I got!!! These are all the things that inspire me.
They make me the real person that I am and I’m darn proud of it.
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Thanks for reading.
Be kind and stay lovely!