In today’s hyper-connected digital age, you’d be hard pressed to find a pocket or a purse that doesn’t contain a smartphone. The advent of these little handheld computers has played a major role in revolutionizing the music world. By making music easily accessible to the masses, smartphones have transformed the way music is consumed today.
However, these miraculous devices also have a few downsides to them. Over the course of this blog, we’ll discuss how constant use of a smartphone can impact your songwriting creativity.
Songwriting requires you to dive deep into the ocean of your imagination and bring up a creative pearl. It’s a process which requires you to analyze your emotions, scour your memory and build a chain of thought. In other words, it’s a process which requires considerable time and mental effort. And then, your phone buzzes. Your chain of thought breaks as you type a reply to the unimportant text message. As you’re typing, you realize that someone has tagged you in an Instagram post. You open your Instagram only to find a meaningless post which inevitably leads you to scroll up and down your feed. After all of this is finished, you realize that you have wasted half an hour, and forgotten everything about the song you were writing. If you’re a serious musician, the best thing to do is put your phone on ‘do not disturb’ before you sit down for a songwriting session.
It Makes You Lazy
Instead of using their imagination and creativity to come up with rhymes, most songwriters nowadays just pop open Google to search one up. Although there’s nothing wrong with it, and there are plenty of great resources out there, too much reliance on Google can become a crutch. As songwriting is a creative activity, it’s essential to exercise your imagination if you want to develop your songwriting abilities.
The Brain Needs a Break
When you use your smartphone, your brain is doing copious amounts of processing – reading and replying to messages, looking up videos, memes, etc. By constantly being on your smartphone, you are overtaxing your brain and increasing the risk of mental fatigue. It’s important to take a break and give your brain time to refresh, especially if you’re a songwriter and need to keep your creative juices flowing.