by Linda Ratcliff
You don’t have to wait for inspiration to hit. It’s easier to be inspired when you’re hanging out with other musicians and playing along with them.
– Linda Ratcliff
Every show features four songwriters. Some are already famous, and some are still hoping to be noticed by a talent scout. On our last visit, we were seated at a table with two successful songwriters who were friends. I was curious about why they were attending the show, rather than being IN the show. So I asked, and this is what they told me.
You can’t expect new output if you don’t get new input. In other words, you can’t sit in your living room, music studio, or outside with the birds for hours on end and expect inspiration to strike. You’ve got to get out in the music world, listen to other groups playing, interact with other musicians. Then you will find motivation and inspiration.
I have the signature of every musician who played that night, plus the signatures of the two songwriters. I can’t remember their names and I sure can’t read their writing. But I will never forget their advice and will continue to seek new input. How about you?