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Posted on Friday, November 12th, 2010

Dave!I've been mulling over a creative project for months, and this morning I woke up and finally decided to do something about it. The result was an emotional moment, but not in the way I expected. I felt relief more than anything else... relief to finally get it off my chest and out of my brain. Who knows if anything will become of it, but at least I'm not being tortured any more.

For the longest time I've been telling myself that my work and my blog were all the creative outlets I needed, and it was stupid to add yet another log to the bonfire that is my life. But in the back of my head there's always been that nagging thought that something is missing. Some part of my life which hasn't been explored. Some ideas which are rotting in my head and killing everything around them as they die.

For creative people, this is no way to live.

It used to be that music was the missing piece. I love composing music, and it's an incredible feeling to craft a multitude of sounds into something that communicates in a single voice. It was for this reason that I got into video editing... it allowed me to score the projects I worked on and unleash my inner musician. While I was never terribly talented at making music, I was good enough to satisfy the creative urge that burned inside me. It lasted for about four years, and then I moved on to the next Big Thing. Sure there are times I miss it (and all these awesome new iPad music apps are just making things worse!), but I've been there and done that, so even if I never compose another note I'm okay with that.

And now it's something new.

As with most things, I'll just have to see where it leads me.

Hopefully to somewhere interesting.

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  1. Maybe this is selfish of me, but I hope you’ll share it with us!

  2. Hilly Sue says:

    I’m with you on the creativity front. I think that maybe my previous style of blogging was hindering me more than I realized. There is always some level of pandering when one blogs but when one writes privately (which I have been doing recently) there is a whole different creative vibe.

    I’m writing poetry again as well as short stories. I’ve been mulling over picking my singing back up. I’ve pulled away from the Internet so much that everything else seems to hustle and flow much better inside my head now. Not saying that is everyone’s answer but for me, it works.

    I hope your latest endeavor makes those juices all flowy and shit.

  3. Finn says:

    Bon voyage. Enjoy the journey. I hope that you will share it with us at some point.

  4. claire says:

    Good for you, Dave!

    Following a creative impulse leads to worthwhile journeys in my experience. I like making music too. Been a few years since I wrote some songs, but these things tend to cycle back around for me. One of these days I’ll post one- that’s what I keep telling myself at any rate.

    “While I was never terribly talented at making music, I was good enough to satisfy the creative urge that burned inside me.” Sometimes that leads to the purest moments. My paintings were never quite what I envisioned but my unrefined skills let me be more spontaneous during their creation. Very satisfying that.

  5. Sybil Law says:

    I’m sure whatever it is, you’ll do it really, really well!

  6. Göran says:

    Wow, congrats on the breakthrough. Love that feeling of relief and euforia when creativity gets to flow freely.

    Would love to hear some of your music sometime!

  7. Jeff says:

    Good for you! After years of treading water, I have discovered the path that I want to take my life down. This has lead me in directions I did not anticipate, all for the better. I’m sure your journey will be interesting. Looking forward to hearing how it all turns out.

  8. Barnmaven says:

    I hope its something you’ll share with us. I love seeing people do things that make them happy; I love seeing the results of the drive to create; I love to see people have those “a-HA” moments that push them to the next thing in life. Much coolness.

  9. Avitable says:

    Are you finally pursuing that dream of designing flattering underwear for women over 50?

  10. whall says:

    My blog and commenting on other blogs was my outlet but I’ve been neglecting my creative outlet for a few months as other priorities monopolize the hours. They’ve subsided a little so I hope to go back to a regular routine soon.

    Oh, and I’m glad you’re finally devoting yourself to the Palin/Perry 2010 Campaign.

  11. Poppy says:

    Really glad you added that log to the fire. It’s torture to have creativity trapped upstairs that wants to be out in the world.

  12. martymankins says:

    This is one of those subjects that I battle with each and every day (multiple times a day, actually) where I have so many creative ideas and projects, it’s very overwhelming. But I know that someday I will look back and see something I love get done and first think about the time I wasted to complete it, but then stand by and take a deep breath and realize it’s done.

    I’m curious to see what you have next in your creative arsenal. I still wish we would see the Lil Dave and Bad Monkey plushes.

  13. Good lord man you’re such a tease. Can you give us any hints? Progress?

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