The Right Spot?

I was born in a small hamlet of 10 houses. The families who lived there were more or less dependent on each other. Growing up in such a place had its advantages. You knew everyone and the whole world was your playground. At least that’s how it seemed to a small child. But of course there were also dangers. In the blink of an eye you could disappear without a trace among the tall crops in the fields. And even there in the countryside you could bump into people with bad intentions.

My parents were very aware of this and always kept an eye on things. In a playful way they taught me that I always had to pay attention.  It’s more than likely that those lessons have ensured that I am always aware of my surroundings. Wherever I am. Maybe that’s why I don’t like big cities. The large amount of people crowding together makes me feel uncomfortable. Yet it is not only the people, but the city itself that gives me a sense of captivity. Apparently the environment itself has a big influence on me.

Knowing that, I make good use of it. I write lyrics the old fashioned way. With pen and paper, not with a computer that only distracts me. I found writing lyrics is much easier when I’m in the right place. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have to travel around the world for that, although it’s not forbidden of course, but ‘nearby’ will do just fine. It might somewhere be in a park, simply on a bench along the road or perhaps somewhere on the heath. Just give it a try.

Strangely enough, my favorite place is always somewhere on a cemetery. There is a sense of simplicity and honesty and I love it. It doesn’t mean that I write sad songs. On the contrary. I feel at ease between those tombstones and the usually friendly people who visit their loved ones. If you are writing, give it a try because I’m sure the environment has a huge influence on you too. 

Find the right spot and find the writing spot!

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