At 5/24/09 01:36 PM, loansindi wrote:
Music doesn't just happen.
Music very emotional (not necessarily emo ;) ). If you look at history some (if not most) of the greatest western composers had very emotional lives (think Mozart and his relationship with his father.) I think emotion is a huge part of the process of writing music. Music expresses emotion in a very unique way. Yes, music is math and a science in of itself, but I think the inspiration starts with an emotion or a feeling and then depending on your attention to that seed of inspiration and your knowledge of the applied science of music (theory), it can turn into something amazing and beautiful.
Before I started studying tonality in school, I would write out melodic lines on the piano that I had in my head and then I wouldn't know what to do with it. It just sat on a piece of paper and while I could hear the harmonies, variations and embellishments on that melodic idea I didn't know how to get to turn that idea into a complete piece. Learning counterpoint and voice leading while taking songwriting has helped me tremendously to figure out a procedure for getting from point a to point b where now expounding on a musical idea isn't as impossible as it was before.
So music is a lot of things, but in the end I believe it's a reflection of the musician in a different reality. In reply to the original poster's statement that they believe the inspiration comes from God: I believe God is a part of you and that you will get inspiration when you're in tune with that energy. I'm not a mainline monotheist, I believe "God" is in everything and is not a physical him or her out floating on a cloud somewhere. I believe you are limiting yourself to the endless possibilities that await you if you think you have to pray to God and beg for inspiration. I think when we are the most inspired is when we've tapped into that infinite consciousness that we are all apart of and it manifests itself through us as music in our heads. At that point, it is our job to get it out into our dimension of reality.
Sorry to go so deep on you, but you had to ask. :) This is actually something I really want to get into later on in my educational career, so I've done a lot of thinking about this as well. I'd say if you are lacking inspiration, go to the places/see the people/do the things that you've found yourself the most inspired. Inspiration can be found anywhere, you just have to look for it. Instead of sitting in front of your computer or piano waiting for something to come, go out into the world and look for the emotion you're trying to capture. When you've found it, try to take it home with you. Personally, I try to capture that emotion by writting in my journal or writting a short story, then I try to put that feeling into a single musical idea. After I have the idea in notation, I expound on it. That's my block-breaker, but whatever works for you, ya know?