Solitude. That is a big word for a guy from Oskaloosa, KS. I thought I knew what it meant but I looked it up in the dictionary to make sure I was right before typing this. Solitude is the state or situation of being alone. Or a lonely or uninhabited place.
I work at a grocery store. I am around customers and employees all day. I crave alone time. I need alone time. Maybe that is part of the reason why I write songs. I spend alot of time thinking about what I am going to write. Usually, I will get a title and start from there. Maybe, I will write about a subject like heartbreak and use personal examples that will ring true in a song.
My alone place is driving. I might be driving to work, to my Grandkids activities, or running errands. Driving gives me something to do (steering the car) but my mind needs something to do also. So, it thinks about lyrics, rhymes, ideas, or what isn't working in a song. It is trying to figure out the puzzle pieces of my life. Why this doesn't fit and where is the missing piece that I need.
Sometimes in the place of solitude, I have to go deeper in my thoughts than I want to go. Why do I do what I do? What should I have done? What was I thinking? What was she thinking? Would I do it over again? Did things turn out like I thought they would? What did God do in my situation? What didn't God do in my situation? Was I trusting him or relying on myself? As you can see, I got alot more questions than answers.
We all need to embrace our solitude as we seek answers. Answers to life and answers to how I am going to write this song. Have a great day.