So I am fully in the creative flow again after a period of not knowing what to say and how to say it. Song writing used to feel super fluid and my inner critic was mostly supportive but as I have become older that inner voice has been more of a hindrance than a help. Having something to say plays a huge part and I now find writing in my 40’s that I am involved and engaged with the process but not embedded in it. This means that I can observe and edit and hopefully make decisions as to what is best for each piece of work over and above any personal interests or ego. I am also finding (but don’t quote me on this) that allowing myself to reveal my work is a lot less painful and reactive than it used to be. It doesn’t mean that I care any less about what I’m doing but just that I can let go of the songs and allow them to exist in the world without laying claim to them. Each song seems to have a life of its own and it is kind of like going into labor and then giving birth. Each child comes out (sorry for the graphic nature!) in a different way and you can never fully prepare for how things will go. I guess it’s all about experience in the end. I can only be thankful at this moment in time that I am able to write, am not collapsing into an exhausted heap every time I finish something and that there is an element of enjoyment in delivering a completed song. Working with singers is the icing on the cake for me and it is just brilliant to listen to great vocalists bringing my material to life.Long may it continue!