For years i wrote music with friends, some close, some acquaintances. Years on end of non stop touring with some of my best friends, and through that, many more experiences writing music, on stage, in a van, bus, in a studio. My point is, last night I watched a movie / biography called 20,000 Days on Earth. This movie is about Nick Cave, singer / Songwriter of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. I felt this movie to be a bit “out there” but overall i connected with it on quite a few levels.
“You’ve got to understand your limitations.
Its your limitations that make you the most wonderful disaster you most probably are.
For me that’s where collaboration comes in.
To take an idea that is blind and unformed, and that is being hatched largely in solitude, and allow these strange collaborative creatures that i work with to morph it into something else, something better, well that’s really something to see.”
– Nick Cave
As artists we have a different perspective on things. we don’t see through the same eyes as most and i personally have always felt like allot of people “just don’t get it”. It’s truly hard to explain to someone who hasn’t been in that moment. Hasn’t experienced it for themselves. Honestly, even if they had experienced it, I think it’s virtually impossible for them to feel or experience what you’re seeing and feeling if they don’t see through your eyes. We’re different, yet the same, we’re here but at the same time always somewhere else. Me personally, My head never stops. It’s truly a roller coaster ride of thoughts, ideas, and imaginations, and it’s these thoughts that lead me to the emotions that allow me to be a creative soul. I’m thankful for this, inspired by this and sometimes even burdened by this. Song writing and collaborating can be the most amazing and yet at the same time frustrating things you’ll ever do as a musician. To find the “right” group or even single person to connect with can be a daunting task all on its own. BUT, when it works, it really is a magical thing, and again a feeling that iv’e never been able to truly explain.
“I love the feeling of a song before you understand it. When we’re all playing deep inside the moment the song feels wild and unbroken. Soon it will become domesticated and it will drag it back to something familiar and compliant and we’ll put it in the stable with all the other songs. But there is a moment when the song is still in charge and you just cling on for dear life and you are hoping you don’t fall and break your neck or something. It is that feeling we chase in the studio.”
- Nick Cave
Out of all the times i’ve attempted to share that feeling with someone, simply to explain my excitement and fire that’s FUELING inside me I though Nick Said it best there, and i’m sure he speaks for quite a few other people as well.