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8.27.2014 – Waiting to Be Born

It’s a curious thought – how many songs does a songwriter have inside him/her – waiting to come out – waiting to be born?

I’ve been fortunate – up to now; I’ve never suffered from “writer’s block”.  It does seem like such a terrifying debilitating disease, doesn’t it – the freezing of one’s creativity.  Horrible thought!

Of course, not having writer’s block doesn’t mean that everything you write will be wonderful – I can certainly attest to that, but just the simple fact of getting a song written and finished is, in itself, a massive accomplishment in my book.  The birth of a song is a rather miraculous deed in my mind.  How, out of thin air, can come/emerge this thing, this noise and organization of notes and harmony out of the ether, out of the void.  Pretty damn weird – this human need to express oneself in sound, melody, lyric … to formulate a piece known simply as a song … a communication of spirit, I suppose, an organized utterance – made for the ears!! … and for the soul.

For me – even at this rather mature stage of my career – I feel filled up, absolutely chock-full – even engorged to bursting point, with songs waiting to be given life.  My challenge has always been to finish the songs I’m on … rather than to let the next one spew forth.  A nice problem to have, you may say, but sometimes for me it causes a traffic-jam of songs waiting for their moment in the sun.  I can get lost in the barrage of ideas pushing to get out!  It requires diligence to stay focused on the songs at hand, and to hold back the deluge at the floodgates.

There is not a better feeling in the world than finishing, wrapping-up a song.  It’s like putting a frame on a picture or painting – suddenly the work is completed … DONE!!!  – Sewn up – locked down – ended – DONE!!!  Lovely feeling.  And only the author can really say when his or her work is done – that’s just the true law of creative work.  It’s a powerful motivating force to a songwriter to get out what he knows is fermenting, brewing inside him.  Will the next song be “the one”? an undeniable gem of excellence? the special tune for which the world has been waiting?  That’s largely what keeps us going … not knowing if the next “child” that is born of melody, rhythm and harmony is to be unique, built to last and inspire … to generate reverence and accolades.

It’s a wonderful task – the task of allowing your creative juices to flow.  But I do call it a task, because you have to constantly be working, striving, sympathetically building the architecture of a song.  Very, very, very rarely does a song appear that doesn’t require some measure of “mothering” or nurturing of sorts.

But again, how many songs do I have inside me – that I can get out before kicking the proverbial bucket?  It’s obviously un-measurable.  I’m satisfied to know and feel that there are a lot more songs inside me – straining, begging, for their liberation.

Cheers.

– Martin

“Without music life would be a mistake”

              – Friedrich Nietzche

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7 Responses to “8.27.2014 – Waiting to Be Born”


  1. August 27, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    no greater high than to hear a creation sung into ‘life…..~d

  2. 2 Margaret Bungard
    August 27, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    As a music lover, I am always amazed when I read and hear stories of how songs are written and from their inspirations.
    As I get older, I find myself listening to “older” music., mainly 70’s and 80’s. These years were some of the greatest for music in my opinion. I have read countless stories of how some of my favorite songs were written. These memories I will cherish for the rest of my life. I will always have a great admiration for songwriters. They create music that speaks to a generation and tells that generation’s story.
    Thank you Martin, for being one of those storytellers for our generation.

    • August 28, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Hi Margaret – thank you for your words and thoughts. I too loved the music of the 70’s and my new album, which I’m now working on, pays homage to some of the soul music that inspired me back then. I feel fortunate to have grown up with the truly great songs of the 60’s and 70’s. Again – Margaret – thank you for observations and support – Martin

  3. August 29, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Yes! Totally know what you mean about that feeling of being DONE. So fulfilling! Keep on writing 🙂

  4. August 29, 2014 at 2:08 am

    …speaking of the oldies, my 16 year old son changes my sirus xm to the 40’s when in the car with me.Thanks to some of the video games.His generation is being introduced to some great music including the 80’s…i lean toward the 60’s 70’s & 80’s sounds myself . And truly enjoy your mesmerizing style Martin as well as that of Earth Wind and Fire ! ~d

  5. 6 Jude
    August 29, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Loved reading your blog. The 70’s and 80’s was when I was in my teens and twenties…..when I did most of my loving, living and emerging into the “real” world. The music evokes memories of certain moments in that progression of my life. Your music takes me back to the overall spirit of those feel-free times and lets my soul escape the problems of today, and recall long forgotten events. You have a very special gift, which you are generously sharing with the rest of us. Yes…thank you for being a storyteller of our generation. Long may your flow of creativity last… 🙂

  6. 7 Native Wayne Jobson
    September 2, 2014 at 7:51 am

    The Sultan of Song and Lord of Lyric rides again !!
    Pity that his country’s soccer team cant match his prowess !!
    Bless,
    Native Wayne Jobson


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