Hey /mu/ I want some help. I dont think Ive ever been able to be as fully emotionally attached to music as much as I know a lot of other people are. I want to be more connected with what I hear but theres some sort of resistance or something.
I can see this when I'm writing my own music, I'm almost hesitant to use some lyrics over others purely because i find them too "sentimental" (thats the closest words I can come up). It seems to me that my problems arn't at all important and singing about them would be stupid since the entire world is going to shit and my i dont see complaining about anything as justified, thats one of my theories at least. I dont understand this.
Its the same with any art form really. I dont think I could ever see myself acting for instance because of the uncomfortable knot thats put in my stomach with just thinking of it.
Sorry if I sound vague but like I said I dont really understand this at all. I want to be comfortable sharing and making art but the prospect of doing so makes me anxious.
Any and all input would be greatly appreciated, thanks
Try writing in a diary. Might help you get more comfortable with direct expression of your thoughts and feelings
Also keep in mind your music doesn't have to be emotional and you don't have to connect with music on an emotional level to enjoy it. That's just one approach
art is raw concentrated emotion. you're always letting it out. if you aren't letting any emotion seep into you work, it's not art. or at least it's not good art. just because you're not being particularly emotional doesn't mean you aren't conveying your thoughts adequately. some people are more reserved than others and that's ok. not to put words in your mouth, but this isn't necessarily a problem.
instead of just finding out how to put more emotion into your work, isolate exactly what you want in your work and find a way to express that specifically.
this might do wonders, but i also suggest the complete opposite. consume more and more art than stretches through a wide range of emotions until you find something you can latch onto. if you enjoy something, there's a good chance you're in sync with the performer at the time he was creating.
i hope this helps and doesn't just tell you a bunch of shit you don't already know.
I definitely see art the same way as you do. Emotion is what makes great art great. Ive always admired Elliot Smith for his brutal honesty in his lyrical content and thats how i want my music to be but I guess i expect less resistance and "bad feelings" for lack of a better term on my part. Its like I understand how powerful music is but at the same time at a certain level don't.
it may help if you post some of your work and what you don't like about it. not that anyone on here is a proven expert, but an outside opinion is occasionally advantageous. i'd like to help personally
I've gone through the same exact shit OP. A few writers I've met have said basically the same thing.
I think you can be cerebral with your lyrics while still effecting powerful emotions. Sound and stigma aside, I think M.J. Keenan and Tomas Haake do this well. Maybe read some of their stuff.
Funny thing, once I submitted my shit to a forum for songwriter feedback and as soon as I shared something more cerebral, people started to shit on me saying drop the big words and just say what's on my mind.
At the time I thought they were a bunch of self righteous pricks but I guess there's a lot of fine lines and not every writer's values and goals agree with one another. Plus, what's inherently "good" anyway?
Not really any advice here. Just thought I'd share my thoughts.
by the way i don't think your lyrics necessarily have to be personal or sentimental to have a strong emotional connection. I think narrative lyrics are a great alternative to this, just make up a story or something that captures the feel of your music or the idea you want to get across, it doesn't have to be personal.
I personally think Slint does a great job of doing this, especially the song Good Morning Captain.