Has anyone ever told you to let go of your inhibitions? When are you actually able to do this? Or are you? It's a nice thing to say or think about doing - but can we every fully let go?
These are the thoughts running through my mind after my co-write this weekend with my friend Robert LaSalle. We finished a song about a wealthy man whose spirit is getting crushed by his lifestyle. He drives a long distance to the ocean and leaves everything behind as he transforms into a Beach Bum (ever wonder where beach bums come from? well, now you know.)
Admittedly, it's an extreme example of letting go of inhibition, so much so that this character gives up possessions, social norms and loved ones. But I think the idea is something we can all relate to.
Falling from grace
Falling out from the Great Unknown
(The Great Unknown is calling me.)
After writing this song, the presence of my own inhibition is clearer than ever. I feel it in my own songwriting. You see, I love collaborating, but it's as if I mentally block myself from the flow of inspiration when I’m sitting next to a co-writer. I feel the most comfortable coming up with lyrics curled up by my lonesome where I can crawl into the caverns of my mind.
But I long to be open with others with my thoughts and creativity - I just don't know how to get there yet. How do we work ourselves out of these unconscious patterns? Robert says drink more alcohol - ha, I’m not buying into that solution yet. For now, my uninhibitor is a strong cocktail of therapy and acupuncture with one of those umbrella thingys for good measure.
I'll be posting the finished song soon!