Do you typically write your music in a neat room, or a messy one? I wrote about this a number of years ago, and when I did, I received a comment or two by songwriters that argued against the notion that it’s good to have a tidy workspace.
You may be one of the few who work better in clutter, but I doubt it. I strongly believe that most composers of music work better when their room is generally free of mess and disorganization.
The next time you sit down to write songs, take a look around you and ask yourself:
- Is everything you need either within arm’s reach, or at least reasonably close by?
- Is your workspace well lit? If you prefer lights dimmer so that you can get in the right mood for writing, can you see what you need to see at least to avoid eye strain?
- Are pencils and pens in abundant supply (assuming you’re still writing “old school”)?
- Are all the resources you typically use (dictionaries, tuner, capo, picks, cords, etc.) near where you can reach them easily?
- Is your writing space as free of clutter and mess as possible?
A clean work area allows you to get working more quickly, and helps you concentrate. And you may benefit from the sense of well-being that can come with neatness.
A bit of clutter is acceptable, I think, and depending on how busy your days generally are, might be expected. But if you’re always working in a sea of discarded clothing, papers, books and other distractions, it’s probably time to clean up!
Doing a quick clean up after every writing session means that it will rarely take you longer than 5 minutes to get everything tidy. If you’ve always worked in a messy environment, you may think you prefer clutter only because you’ve been experienced anything else.
So give it a try. Before you sit down to work on your next song, spend a few moments hanging up clothes, tossing garbage, and getting everything you’ll use within arm’s reach. You’ll enjoy how it makes you feel!
If every music rudiments course has left you bleary-eyed, you need to try “Easy Music Theory by Gary Ewer.” It’s a video-based music theory course that starts at the very beginning (this is a note) and shows you all the rudiments of music in 25 Easy Lessons. It’s time to more fully understand music!