Some of you have asked me where I get all the inspiration. Well, it’s not so easy to say. But I can tell you that I’ve always enjoyed simple, harmonious and melodious music. As a child, I played a lot of Classical piano music, learned to love the great composers. I’ve played Händel, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert and much more. When I was 10 years I started to compose my own piano music. Still today I have a cassette band, with some of my first melodies.
The first thing I always did when I sat down to play, was to improvise. I just played what came out of my mind; current feelings, thoughts and experiences. As most musicians and story tellers I originate a lot of my work from my own thoughts and feelings. The piano has been my good old friend. When I am happy, I play. When I cry and tears are flowing down on the keys, I play. Even if I am angry, I play. Practical tip for you is to write down your experiences, sad or happy, and review occasionally to see what life has brought to you. Then, try to explain it through music.
My brother brought a CD with Richard Clayderman when I was an early teenager. I can’t tell you how much I’ve listen to his melodies. And they’ve helped me a lot in my own composition. Around the years a lot of other artists and musicians have given me inspiration. Yanni, Yiruma, Michael W Smith, Fernando Ortega, Piano guys and so on. So continue to listen and learn from others, also don’t be afraid of learning from people who are very different from who you are.
The nature is wonderful. I get many ideas when I’m walking in nature and silently listens to what lessons there is to learn from a small flower or a large scenery. It’s amazing to know that your brain is getting 60% more creative from a walk : ) So, get out there, no matter the weather, and choose to observe your surrounding and ask the question: what can I learn from this and how can I tell it to others.
But the greatest inspiration of all is from the Bible. I’ve been very blessed and inspired through Gods Word where mankind has found counsel and guidens through out ages. This source of relevant information, often ignored by society today is my main motivation in my communication through music and voice. Read something every day. Meditate on the message.
Finally, I will share you one of my favorite Bible verses that I hope will spark your inspiration:
“I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.” Psalm 104:33