10 ways to get musically inspired + quotes from those who know

by Saul Edmonds
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Title: Thinking Afro Man by G.L

The muse is an elusive suitor.

The siren’s call is heard by few. How do you get inspired when the candle burns but dimly and the world is a busy place?

Take a selection of directives with some eclectic words from those who’ve gone before- those genuine creatives who beat the odds to produce great work, and in so doing made the world a better place. The right headspace: to make time for music and music for our time.

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#1 - Get On.

“But Plastic Bertrand, whoever he was, compressed into that three minutes a bloody good record that will get any comatose person toe-tapping, you know what I mean?.”

(Joe Strummer, The Clash)

#2 - Get Loud.

“Some voices got treble, some voices got bass,
We got the kind of voices that are in your face!”

(Beastie Boys)

#3 - Get Away.

“The earth has music for those who listen.”

(Shakespeare)

# 4 - Get Moving.

“Music is a means of Rapid Transportation.”

(John Cage)

#5 - Get to Work.

“I love the magic of the studio.”

(Graham Coxon)

#6 - Get Fresh.

“I think you have to keep a childlike quality to play music or make a record.”

(Beck)

#7 - Get Off.

“Musically, I always allow myself to jump off of cliffs. At least that’s what it feels like to me.”

(Tori Amos)

#8 - Get About.

“I come from a background of experimental music which mingled real sounds together with musical sounds.”

(Ennio Morricone)

#9 - Get Real.

“Music is my life and my life is music.” (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)

# 10 - Get In.

“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul”

(Plato)

by Saul Edmonds