Dolly Parton is a Song Machine
No seriously. Look at this wikipedia page.
I counted 35 seconds holding the down key to get to the bottom, not even reading any of them.
Having composed a staggering 5000+ songs in her career- she is her own hit factory. Her ability to take songs from idea to completion is second to none.
How does she do it?
She uses the joy she gets from songwriting as a creative therapy. Here’s how she describes it:
“It’s therapy. It’s fun. It’s creative. I love getting on a big writing binge and staying up a couple days working on a song and knowing at the end of those two or three days that I’ve created something that was never in the world before. It’s like a feeling of creating, not that the same stories ain’t been told before, but it ain’t been told through my point of view. And it’s my way of relaxing. Songwriting is a hobby and to me it’s therapy. It’s a joy. It’s a thrill. It’s like mind exercises or something.”
Dolly latches onto an idea and runs with it. She finds whatever she can engage with and buries herself in it for days at a time.
She also takes ideas - not necessarily brand new ones, and puts her own spin on it. A reminder that, no, you don’t have to make something totally new and unique everytime you write and idea down - it just has to be your version of the idea.
Tapping into her Inspiration
Dolly has some weird habits around her song writing.
She wakes up in the middle of the night, two or three in the morning - and then she stays up till eight or nine AM. Once she’s up, she meditates and then starts writing songs.
Dolly calls this her God Time.
I call it bedtime.While this habit may seem a bit odd if it works for her - maybe it’s worth trying a change in your schedule?
The really genius part of having her creative time in the middle of the night?
She is able to work without interruption for hours at a time.
Dolly has written at least seven songs since you started reading this article - time for you to get cranking on your own idea machine
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