Creative practice: thinking about influences
I was asked about my own influences as a writer the other day. I can't point out row of books, or even one, really. I read a lot and always have, but what influences my writing and the thinking that goes to create that, is music. Music, landscape, faith, and love. Not your basic list of ingredients maybe but it works for me.
To be just a bit more specific, music and sound help me with structure. I am reminded of a songwriter friend of mine who said she didn't want to look too closely at her process as she might miss something she should be creating while doing that analysis. I think she has an excellent point. Influences and process are tools; what is created is the result.
A bit of that music which helps me think and write:
I am not usually a big fan of best of collections. However, for these two seasonal recordings I make exception
Best of Narada Christmas
Best of Celtic Christmas
and this acoustic instrumental work from NewGrange is a really good one as well