Yes, I refer to inspiration as a power. It is an unpredictable force that is unforgiving and relentless. Many musicians, such as myself, have to struggle with it at the best of times.
Inspiration cannot be forced or planned. It has a consciousness all it's own. It can quickly come and go, and often and the most undesirable time. Grasping it when it occurs, seems to be an art all it's own.
Just this evening I was having dinner when an idea came to me and I immediately had to finish up eating so I could quickly record my idea. For if I wait too long, the idea will be forgotten. It is unfair that our minds cannot keep the idea for long as we do not have the capacity to retain the ideas for long. Our minds are bombarded with so many thoughts throughout the day.
On the noted idea, I had been struggling with tying together a chorus to a second verse. In fact, it has probably been a couple of years that I had been searching for this idea on this particular piece of music. But alas! It finally came at an opportune time when I could swiftly run to my music room, pickup my trusty Jackson guitar and press the record button before the idea escapes me forever.
Often though, I can be somewhere and an idea enters my mind. I can be driving somewhere, speaking with a client or even waking up in the middle of the night to use the washroom. And something will come into my mind, getting my attention. It can be a drum beat, a guitar riff, a song idea or even a lyrical line. I have found that I need to keep a journal nearby to gather the idea when it strikes, or later on I can be asking myself: "what was that cool idea I had earlier?... ah crap!" I am thankful that with today's technology, I can use my cell phone to type in the memo pad, or even record the strange sounds using my mouth. So that I can later go back to the idea and expand on it further. Sometimes resulting in a full song creation.
I will say that lately, a lot of ideas enter my mind. I have found that I am most alert to the sudden passages of inspirational creation during the late morning into the early afternoon. So on days that I am able (when not working my day job), I try to be ready to receive ideas during this time. Being an early riser, I keep the tedious guitar drills, scales and exercises for the initial morning. Ready and fully warmed up both physically and mentally, to receive the brilliance of inspiration when it hits me best. And a lot of new creations have occurred in the past year thanks to this new found understanding of my own inspirational energy.
So in closing, I'm hoping to grasp the power of inspiration more often to my benefit so I can struggle less, and get my musical creations out to the world at my highest level of design and realization. I still have a masterpiece within to release to the world...