To my creative friends out there, I have an interesting thought on my mind that I'd like to share. I started out as a musician at a very young age, and made some relatively good progress since, but the one question always nagging me, even to this day, is "What is 'my' voice?" I had an interesting idea to find out. I decided I'd switch medium. Not give up music, of course, but to write fiction on the side. My thought was, if I believed I had something important to say on social, political, or personal issues, then my voice should carry, regardless of the medium I'm working in, and in doing so, might help me approach music in a new and interesting light. I would want people to be able to hear 'my' voice in whatever it is that I'm doing. Now, writing fiction is a whole other ballgame, and that's a completely different topic. I'm not saying you have to be 'good' at whatever medium you switch to, but trying it is the important part, thinking of something that you believe to have a unique view on, and trying to express that as clearly as possible. Each medium has its pros and cons, and that's the interesting bit. Some ideas come across better as a song, some as fiction, shit, some as straight-up talk, but each enhances and highlights a subject in a unique way. The hardest part of it is fear. Fear that you're no good... Fear that you're overstepping a boundary and that you might upset somebody by saying what it is that you truly want to say. I think that's an interesting feeling. So, I say get it out. Every time that I have, I've felt like I've said something in 'my' voice, and it's always made me feel better afterwards. If that subject sparks discussion, all the better, but I think it's important to let out what you really believe to be important. What have 'you' got to say on a particular subject? If you've hit a brick wall on ideas, whether you're a comedian, a writer, a musician, an artist, I recommend trying another medium as an experiment. It could open up a whole new world of possibilities. I know that it has for me. Thoughts?
Sundance Crow is the personal website of author and musician Matt Hayward
Walking Papers - This Is How It Ends (Music Video)
Lace Weeper - Hard Sell (Music Video)
Malfunkshun (feat. Matt Hayward - Stardog Champion (Live in Tacoma at the Mike Starr of Alice In Chains Memorial Show)