While in Chicago recently, I was standing on a corner waiting for the light to let me walk.
The gent walked by, pretty much covering every expletive in the book…
He might have left one out…
Mmmmm… Naw, he nailed that one too.
Anyway. Turns out he’s a beggar. And, if you don’t pony up some bucks, he’ll rant, and cuss, and carry on like he’s going to tear you a new one for not coming to Chicago and doing that to him.
He sounded authentic.
He was mouthing off to this lady, though he called her the “b” word. The MFing B actually. Said if she even looked at him he was going to blah blah blah. If anyone looked at him he was going to … blah blah blah.
The blah blah blah was some form of hurt he’d put on you.
And I was staring right at him as he walked back and forth about six-feet in front of me.
I happened to be in town for a self-defense workshop. I thought I might get an involuntary practicum right there on the corner of Wabash and East Wacker Place.
Part of this self-defense training was on the mindset one should have in surprise crisis situations.
No fear. If someone advances on you. From in front, from the side, or from behind… You make contact right back. No freezing to figure things out. Just react, assess, and engage the necessary action.
The reaction of course, is stuff you practice over and over and over.
If someone grabs you here? You do this.
If they grab you there? You do that.
That kind of thing. Basically, you know your moves no matter what.
Same goes for songwriting. When an idea hits you? You don’t freeze. You know just what to do with it. You start by engaging with it.
In self-defense, not only does it tell your perpetrator you aren’t going to freeze, but you tell yourself you are committed to follow through with what is necessary to keep you safe.
Same with songwriting. You engage an idea and tell yourself you’re committed to see it through.
The lesson here? Let no song idea go without doing some moves on it.
What does that have to do with June’s Tune Booster? Nothing. Other than the fact it won’t be up much longer so time to download it.
Doesn’t have much to do with July’s Tune Booster either, which will be coming out in the next few days. Either way, you can log in at http://www.tunesmithtips.com/newsletter/