Post it. Don't be a lurker anymore. You are not too unsightly! WE are unsightly. You will feel positively adorable by joining up. You'll just look around at the other crusty, cobbled, crotchety and cantankerous members and think, "What a freaking miserable, ugly bunch of folks. I'm handsome!" And you're smart and creative too! Join this merry band of misfits as we get just a little bit better at this everyday...
Shifting from a musician/artist that is inspiring me, I want to talk about what really is inspiring me this week. Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft - Professor Brooks Landon (Audio CDs)
The wonderfully provocative and insightful lecturer, Professor Landon, contends that better writing does not come from shorter sentences, but rather, from L O N G sentences. And the variety between the two. "It's not how long you make it, but how you make it long."
If by adding more you're getting less clear? Then you're adding the wrong stuff. In the wrong way, in the wrong order. Cumulative syntax. Rhythm and focus and an almost dancing about of words bouncing out your lobes and spilling all over your blank white page. And then these:
The advice from my new mentor Joe Solo. "- Why are you boring me with this? - Shouldn't you be building right here? - That! Right there... feels like I just tripped while I was running...".
That while a line of lyric can very much have this wonderful flow of ideas and clarification and soulful enrichment... it needs to dance as well. It needs to poke, prod and smile. The difference between a 1st year drummer making a Bonham fill sound like his drunk dad falling down the stairs... or brother Bonham himself finessing his way through the odd beats of Black Dog.
And that lyrical dance is never tripped up by a slightly ego driven arranger who feels that, "But those 3 bars are IMPORTANT!!!!" To make it all work in service of a flow and an idea and an intent. No matter how many ideas you try and how much ends up on the cutting room floor.
It's not how long you make it but how you make it long.