SCP #51: Custard Bones
One of the challenges to staying creatively productive is fitting the creative work in with the rest of your life. Before I went off to study music I worked a series of 9 - 5 jobs, however I only ever worked four days a week for most of that time. I tried my best to use my day off for creative projects, and I did accomplish a whole lot of creative things during those years. Ultimately, however, I found the constant shift between corporate and creatively mindsets exhausting. I think I'd be better at it now that I have some robust processes in place, but I do find it much easier when my work and creative practice are more closely related. My mind is never far away from music or art now, and my social circle is full of people who understand and support my lifestyle.
Despite this, fitting creative work in is still a challenge. Yesterday was my biggest teaching day of the week with eight students back to back, and so I fell into my default setting of improvising with a piece of text. I took the theme of ending from the previous day, and given it was the last day of summer and uncomfortably hot I worked on capturing a little of how I was feeling in the heat. The only restriction I gave myself for the improvisation was that it would melt downwards, which is represented in the slides down to new anchor tones.