Vulnerability in the Creative Process A/K/A Make Lemonade

drummer_boyLITTLE DRUMMER BOY

Little Drummer Boy Rough Demo

Circa 1993, Steve Adams and I were doing some creative sessions, and we decided to mess around with Christmas music.  He was noodling around with the little progression used as interlude between the verses on an actual Fender Rhodes.  We were using a “Sound On Sound” tape system (analog, baby!), and one of the harmonies wouldn’t line up with the original melody track.  I liked, however, and we kept at it, running with the idea of layered echoes as one of the harmonic threads.  The problem was that we could never tell which ones would cooperate.  After much frustration, it became a bit of a creative muse chasing game.  If something didn’t go as planned, we had to find a way to make it part of the arrangement.

That’s the funny thing about creativity and taking a risk and being vulnerable.  Some great ideas come from allowing a perceived mistake or problem to become a tool to build something new and different…and sometimes better than the original plan.

Enjoy, and Merry Christmas to all the “Drummer Boyz” I’ve ever played with.  There have been quite a few, and each one adds something different to a session.

http://www.DanielleBlanchard.com/LittleDrummerBoy.mp3

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3 Responses to Vulnerability in the Creative Process A/K/A Make Lemonade

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