Debbie Richards, singer, songwriter

The Creative Process

I found these notes(letters) that were written by Tchaikovsky.  It struck a chord with me when he talks about not being in the ‘mood’ to create- painting, cooking, writing, composing…. The line in one of my songs ‘Yesterday , tomorrow , today’ reads ‘and the clock keeps on ticking and she’s done nothing yet, I can’t face it today, i’m feeling upset, don’t know what about, but i’ll think of something soon, as she looks at her list, well i’m just not in the ‘mood’ ….’

This was about trying to write and also about  moving  forward in this mad music world….Our mind controls how we think and this affects how we feel. Change how you think and you can change how you feel. Positive affirmations , repeat, repeat and re-train your brain to do what you want it  to do….we are all ‘Walking Heads’ 😉

Tchaikovsky wrote….

Do not believe those who try to persuade you that composition is only a cold exercise of the intellect. The only music capable of moving and touching us is that which flows from the depths of a composer’s soul when he is stirred by inspiration. There is no doubt that even the greatest musical geniuses have sometimes worked without inspiration. This guest does not always respond to the first invitation. We must always work, and a self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood. If we wait for the mood, without endeavouring to meet it half-way, we easily become indolent and apathetic. We must be patient, and believe that inspiration will come to those who can master their disinclination.



  1. tony knowles, July 28, 2012:

    I certainly know from experience this is true. We need to change our thinking when in a rut

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