• Films to inspire the musician in you

    Whilst my primary passion in life is music, I am also a film lover. There’s something so comforting about getting lost in a movie. My favourite films are those that not only entertain, but inspire you to create. Films are often a source of inspiration for me, and here is a list of films I recommend to inspire the musician in you.

    Searching for Sugar Man

    This documentary is beautiful, moving and so inspiring on a human level. I feel like this film must be good for your health 🙂

    La La Land

    Sorry to those of you who feel you’ve already heard enough about La La Land, but what’s not to love. Great songs, dazzling visuals and amidst it all- poignant gems of truth. Every artist doubts themselves at times, and finding your own path can be hard. La La Land is sure to resonate with many hearts- now and in the future.

    God Help The Girl

    This film is both happy and sad, and peppered with stunning visuals. The portrayal of mental illness, supportive female friendship, and the solace of music elevates this film beyond your average coming of age drama. Don’t be surprised to find yourself inspired to write your own songs..

    Sing street

    Sing Street will make you laugh and cry (and laugh again!) The message is clear- life happens, but music is a life line.

    Supersonic

    Whether you’re an Oasis fan or not, I highly recommend this documentary. Using archival footage, it follows their meteoric rise. This is a rock and roll fairytale that could never be repeated. Nevertheless, the band’s early self belief, passion and hard work will inspire you. Oasis were a band that performed for the sheer, unadulterated love of it. That’s something we can all aspire to.

    So put the kettle on, sit back and fill your brain with inspiration!

    Are there any films you recommend? What inspires you to create? Feel free to share! 

     

    April 6, 2017 By @HannahMarie Inspiration Lifestyle Singing , , ,
  • Creativity for Singers

    I’ve recently started reading the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Published in 1992, the book has since become a cult classic, and with good reason! When I first heard about the book around 5 years ago, I made the assumption that it was for visual artists rather than singers or songwriters, and that was the end of that!

    A few weeks ago I found a copy in a charity shop, and I’m so glad that I did. As soon as I started reading I knew this was the book I’d been waiting for. If you’re an artist of any description I recommend this book. Perhaps you work in an office and sing for a hobby and you doubt that you are an artist. If you sing, then you are an artist. If you still don’t believe that you’re an artist, you will find tools in the book to help you tap into your creativity- and who doesn’t want that?

    Try this simple exercise and watch your creativity blossom

    If you are committed to developing your artistry as a Singer or Songwriter (or both) then try this exercise, as featured in the book.

    Upon waking, every single day- make your ‘morning pages’ the first thing you do. What are morning pages? I hear you ask. Quite simply, you are going to put pen to paper and write 3 pages of whatever comes into your head. There are two rules;

    1) don’t take your pen off the paper, just keep writing. If all you write is ‘blah blah blah’ – then that is ok.
    2) Don’t review what you have written when you have finished. At least not yet- leave it a week.

    What is the purpose of this exercise?

    The primary reason for this activity is to facilitate a ‘brain dump’- i.e to unblock and get rid of mental ‘noise’, leaving you refreshed and open to new ideas. Looking back on your pages, you may even find songwriting ideas emerging. ( This practice is also known as ‘free writing’ and was a favorite writing tool of beat poet Jack Kerouac.)

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    Jack Kerouac was a fan of freewriting


    Try practicing this exercise every morning for 7 days and see the results for yourself. Does your mind feel less cluttered? Do you find yourself looking at the world in a new way? Let me know how you get on!