As a kid , I always loved a creative challenge. When bored, I would ask my Mom to make-up quizzes for me. My sister and I often made mysteries for each other, creating a scavenger hunt of clues. I would draw a squiggle on a blank page and then happily turn it into a drawing, delighting in the possibilities that a single line could offer. Oh boy, such fun.
As a grown-up, one of my favorite creative puzzles became songwriting. An idea would land on me from who knows where and then I would have to flush it out. To do this I would need the prefect trifecta of melody, chord changes and lyrics to properly to serve the initial inspiration. This was maddening, but also completely enjoyable. The reward of a finished song was worth every struggle, and tantrum. I would lose myself in the process only to find myself in the end. Read more