String section from a symphony orchestra

Travel Day

I’ve had my head a bit out of the songwriting/composition world in the past couple of days, as I had a couple of big concerts on my schedule yesterday.

First was a concert where I conducted Symphony Nova Scotia in a performance for seniors, and that’s always a lot of fun. Most of the time when I conduct SNS, my audience is small children, as I’m usually the one that takes the orchestra into local schools.

Performing for senior citizens isn’t much different, except that they’re more likely to laugh in all the right places!

Then last evening, the choir I conduct, Dalhousie Collegium Cantorum, had their fall concert, a performance that featured some of the music of Michael McGlynn, the arranger and founding member of the wonderful Irish group Anúna.

If you don’t know the music of Anúna, please take the time to check them out on YouTube. Very inspiring – an amazingly pure choral sound.

So today is a travel day for me, back home. And tomorrow I hope to have a new blog post for you a little more relevant to the songwriting world.

But these two concerts have reminded me how important performance is to recharging the creative batteries, as it were. For any of those days when you feel that songwriting ideas are elusive, put the songwriting materials aside and pick up your instrument.

I believe that in so doing, you’ll find a different kind of inspiration that will get you feeling creative again.

Gary EwerWritten by Gary Ewer. Follow Gary on Twitter.

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