Item 2: I have neither time nor excessive amounts of focus.
Net Result: I frequently feel a frustrating lack of inspiration when writing music, even though I feel more alive when I write music than with anything else I do.
It is, perhaps, divine irony that in de-cluttering and re-packing my computer bag today I threw away an unread, torn-out page of a Writer’s Digest issue on nurturing creativity and saw the suggestion: “Vary your creative pursuits.”
I salute you, WD, and I obey. This week I am off to the Mercy Center in St. Louis for the Liturgical Composers Forum, soaking in the collective wisdom of people with a lot more experience than myself. I will blog if there is time; if not (as I suspect), I’ll be back next Monday. If you are near St. Louis, we’ll be ending the week with a concert on Thursday evening benefiting the Mercy Center. More info and ticket link are here (tickets must be purchased in advance).