Today the sun almost shines in the palest sky. I’m trying to get into the day and finish up the second song for a new EP. I have to.
It’s a pretty song, but not easy. The song would say, “You’re not easy, too.” We’re trying one another’s patience. And I need to be braver than that.
And so it goes with each song I make up. I have to depend on patience and persistence, and wisdom and bravery — more of each than I have — to make something that’s going to last. This is always the challenge, and it’s never easy.
But the part of songwriting that takes bravery is not that. It’s committing to whatever it is I’ve set off to make.
The only way to move past the fear of commitment is to go all in, with an open heart. There’s no other way with art. (Or relationships. That’s for another post.) You’re never certain, and you can’t hesitate to put your art into the world because you’re just not sure.
I’m feeling brave today. And patience, it seems, isn’t different from bravery, it just takes longer.