This is the first blog post I have written since graduating from college. It recently hit me that I’ve stopped writing. A couple of month ago, an hiatus from writing every single day seemed unthinkable. Between a number of papers, this blog, and brief homework assignments, I was constantly creating.
At first, I was astonished by my lack of interest in writing, but I soon realized that graduation and the “real world” did not stifle my creative impulse. Rather, it has merely pushed it in two directions: coding and songwriting.
I have been writing music for nine(!) years now, and playing the piano for fourteen. Having just booked a show, I am officially a professional musician, and certainly no longer an amateur. But while college opened my mind to many new ideas and possibilities, it stifled my writing ability. I often have major songwriting bursts once every six months or so. In high school, I regularly wrote music, but in college I only had one memorable burst of songwriting, and that happened over winter break in 2013, after I returned home from abroad. I wrote about six songs in that month, enough for an EP. I have written four songs in the two months since graduation. What is it about the academy that crushed my creativity? Is it sterility, or the constant workload? I do not know, but I am glad to be free of it.
If you’re interested, you can check out the personal website I built at www.maecapozzi.com.