Turn the mic off and step AWAY from the guitar

Yesterday I ended up writing two new songs. Today I’ve got to get out of the house.

Admittedly, I love the writing and recording process. Even when it leaves me feeling dizzy, tired, cranky, and uncertain which way is up. I find myself unable to pull myself away.

But today is a new day. And the only way I’m going to tap into fresh ideas musically is to step away. Go out the front door. Head down to the high desert with friends and go for a hike.

Only then will my ears and aural processing center be rested. Refreshed. Ready and able to distinguish between what sounds good and what doesn’t.

In the other room, the movie “V for Vendetta” is playing. And one of my favorite lines of all time just rolled by:

“A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having.”

Time to get out of the house and go dance. So that when I come back, I’ll be able to sing again.

How about you? How often do you tread that fine line between “bleeding-edge creativity” and “over the cliff” exhaustion and crankiness? Is it ever challenging for you (as it is for me) to acknowledge that it’s time to take a break? What’s your favorite way to regenerate?

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