Two or three days ago, http://dailypost.wordpress.com and http://plinky.com both asked about recent “Aha!” moments, and I thought to myself, “When did this become a buzzword?” They used to be called “epiphanies,” or “Eureka!” moments, after Archimedes, who, when discovering that you can find the volume of a large object by measuring the amount of water it displaces by watching the water rise when he got in his bath, he ran in the streets celebrating, shouting his language’s equivalent of “I’ve found it!”
It’s been a while since I had a major moment of discovery, though I think my last one was last night, when I quickly recorded a melody that ran through my head. These moments happen all the time when allowed to flow through your mind freely and can be released with practice. Some are useful, some aren’t, but the more you try, the more you will surprise yourself.
In the discipline of composing music or writing, it’s as simple as practice. If you are in a habit of looking for ideas, certainly, you’ll come up with lots of bad ideas, but you’ll have lots of good ones too, and those are the ones that people remember. When you have no ideas, that’s when there is trouble, and that’s why it’s so important to practice/exercise everything that you’re good at doing, so you won’t get things wrong (or wrong as much) when you need it most.
See you next time.