In times of intense turmoil and uncertainty, creativity can give meaning, comfort, and direction to artists when they would otherwise feel aimless. Musicians are just one of countless groups of people who have seen their profession turned upside down during THE recent times crisis. Embracing creativity during this painful time will not bring your life back to normal or correct what is wrong. But it can improve some of our lives in a significant way.
What maintaining a creative practice gives musicians in difficult times
What most of us consider to have become “normal” has become a thing of the past in the era of recent times. Maintaining a regular creative practice can give musicians structure, hope, excitement and goals during this time. If you tour for a living or practice regularly with bandmates, the usual ways of expressing yourself through music will inevitably be very different at the moment. But making an effort to keep the act of creating and exploring music during this time is important. This can be something that strengthens you not only as a musician, but also as a person.
It’s easy to forget this, but creativity enriches our lives in a deep way under normal circumstances. The difference now is that musicians will be more inclined to seek creativity as a lifesaver during the recent times. Everything that surrounds us could change, but that does not mean that our connection with music must also. When we turn to musical creativity in this crisis, we have an outlet that can center and strengthen us. But, as we will soon see, this does not mean that music will be easy for all musicians at the moment.
The challenge of embracing creativity in times of crisis
In times of disaster, some musicians consider creativity a lifeboat, while others can not think about music at all. Musicians who can easily create at this moment are no better or more dedicated to their craft than those who cannot.One of the worst things we can do is simplify things in the middle of the disaster. If being musically creative is difficult or even impossible at that moment, you shouldn’t feel bad about it. From the unforeseen challenges that arise when working at home to despair and anxiety, it is quite understandable that it is difficult for many of us to engage with music at the moment.
That is why, at the moment, it is paramount to meet expectations and be kind and patient. You may now want a “business as usual” approach with your music practice, but no one and nothing is normal at the moment. If you find yourself less productive than usual or unable to work at all, try to answer yourself as you would with a friend going through an extremely difficult time. Creativity can absolutely strengthen and enrich our lives during a disaster, but that doesn’t mean we can always access it to make the kind of music we think we should.
It is good to achieve goals during this period. But it’s also a good idea to dampen the pressure and typical expectations that animate your creative work. As under normal circumstances, we want to do great work, but things do not always go in our direction. Forcing things and working when you feel like you’re not capable is a terrible idea right now. Working like this deprives us of the benefits of creativity, and this will not entail meaningful work. There’s a difference between hard work in our musical careers and unnatural PUSH when we just don’t have it in us.
One of the most comforting aspects of creativity is that it is always there when we need it. If the music seems impossible to focus on one day,it will wait for you the next day. If you continue the music in a healthy way, you will find a way to find hope and humanity in this crisis.