I’ve been reading The War of Art, which is about overcoming resistance in creative work. Though I’ve been making things my whole life, I still have to do battle with Resistance.
For example, I’ve been writing and practicing tunes for an album with the working title “Fiddle Stories.” I’m exploring ways of re-inventing these tunes by playing them with an Indian-style raga drone. It’s both liberating and challenging to work within this open form. I’m playing with traditional and original melodies.
This tune is an original called “So Long Bud.” It’s in G Major, so I play to a G drone. I’m trying to simplify it, but still a bit stuck…I’m doing a recording session with my old friend Joe Rut next weekend. Excited and strangely nervous!
Resistance is sneaky! One strategy is to personify it.
Resistance: I see you’re working on a new project with a funny title of Fiddle Stories.
Me: Oh hey Mr. Resistance, nice to see you again. What are you trying to tell me?
Resistance: Look, you don’t need to make this album. You have other more important stuff to do with FiddleHed and your personal life. Get your shit together before you do this!
Me: Well, making this recording is just a well-deserved vacation. And it will be a good way to catch up with Joe. And it might somehow help people in the FiddleHed community.
Resistance: Who are you making this for?
Me: For myself and others?
Resistance: Why are you doing it?
Me: I guess I just want to create something good and share it.
Resistance: Nobody’s going to listen to this album. Fiddle players will find it too weird and exotic, while non-fiddle players will think it sounds…too much like fiddle music. You might as well just play this music on your own, saving yourself a lot time, energy and money.
I think it helps to have some dialog Resistance. It brings awareness to what’s happening in the mind. And to some degree, it drains Resistance of its power.
When and how have do feel Resistance in your life? How do you deal with it? And How can you create your own fiddle story?