Ways to stave off Fatigue in our own music

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Re: Ways to stave off Fatigue in our own music

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sonics wrote: Sat Feb 04, 2023 4:20 pm
Arpangel wrote: Sat Feb 04, 2023 8:52 am If you feel stressed, or under "fatigue" then don’t even attempt to make any music, at all.

I've heard this often, especially on this forum, but the reality for many, including myself, is very different. In fact, I disagree completely! :)
There have been so many occasions in my career where I, or people I know, have had to create in less-than-relaxed conditions. Last-minute changes are common in many fields. You learn to trust the skills you've developed and get on with it. To produce anything, you need to get on and start the process. Do not sit and muse over the muse.

There is a time for thought, for contemplation. That's where the ideas gestate and flourish. That time is essential, of course, but it's not necessarily the same as your music-making time.

I haven't even started talking about the wonder that is music therapy...

Which makes a point I take as a given - in the words of one hard working lass "Different strokes for different folks" or in music I suppose we'd say "Different Plucks for different Chucks (aspiring Chuck Berry's !)

There is no universally applied wisdom, method or perspective - some might get by on the pressure and fatigue, some might wallow in woe and become inert brought on by fatigue. All I know is that if we were all the same what a boring heap of rock planet earth would be - vive la difference, and foithamore, sometimes we work best under pressure and sometimes we don't, best just accept it and roll with the punch, happens to everyone, a bricklayer gets up in the morning and whistles his way to work, other morning he grumbling and cussin' all day long and can't lay a single brick - welcome to planet earth I tell 'em

I remember a documentary about some musicians who worked for Disney and they were working on something where as usual, the music was an afterthought. The film was a tryout for a new 'star' so the goalposts were changing all the time. Till it came to the point where Disney oiked them into the office and said "This is going to be a great movie, and I want great music to go with it, let me listen to what you've got"

Disney had a tantrum and tore the music up, rejected it out of hand and as good as locked the chaps in the studio. This was about 3:00 in the afternoon. They came out later with some of the best film score of its time.

In the documentary they were asked what was their secret, what drove them on and inspired them and one replied "Easy, it was the thought of a kick up the ass and being shown the door and not being able to put food on the table, for the family, what more inspiration does a man need?"

No arty fahty stuff, it was a case of 'Sit down at that piano and knock out a bangin' tune!'
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Re: Ways to stave off Fatigue in our own music

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First of all, I think we need to use a different word, fatigue in my mind is stress induced by over working someone, or something.
Disney? Please, he was enough to induce stress in anyone, Disney represents everything I dislike about the medium, and the country it originated in.
When I think of Disney I see Mickey Mouse sitting astride an aircraft carrier, or sitting above the door of McDonalds.
Grotesque, over drawn, over produced rubbish.
We can endure problems, that irritate us when trying to make music, but I find it cathartic, or therapeutic, actually dealing with these problems, I wouldn’t call it stressful, or fatiguing, it’s all, part of the process, and adds to the feeling of achievement afterwards.
As for being locked in a studio to "bang out a good tune" I wouldn’t know anything about that.
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