Amy Mantis


Anything is Everything; Everything is Everything

I don't typically find it this hard to write, but at this moment, I am.  I'm sure I could find a million things to write about, but they don't seem to matter to anyone but me...Maybe that's a good thing.

Why would I want to write about something that doesn't matter to me?  It would be a waste of my time and a waste of your time because if I don't think it matters, if my heart's not in it, then you're going to tune out right away.

There's no point in trying to please everybody or to catch everyone's attention.  Do I want people to pay attention to what I do?  Yes, of course, but I want to give you something worth paying attention to.  Not a quick, passing, eye-rolling glance.  I want a genuine moment with you.  As a musician and a performer and a songwriter, I aim for no filler.  Same with this.  Same with everything.

To quote Derek Sivers, how you do anything is how you do everything, and I want to do everything with the same pillars in mind.  How am I going to sail a boat the same way I write a song?  At first I thought that was going to be a question without an answer, but I don't think it is.  I think, much like whatever muse is guiding me with melody and harmony, I go with the wind in a boat.  I may change direction, I may re-write a verse, but I know that as long as I adjust my sails and my pen, I'm going to get there eventually.  If I make a mistake, the boat will let me know.  If I make a mistake or don't like or believe something I've written, my gut will send off a warning.

The only difference between writing and sailing is that when I'm first writing a song, I'm writing, there is no editing.  I approach it using Ernest Hemingway's method of write drunk, edit sober.  I do it by just not letting the pen stop long enough for my brain to say, "You shouldn't write that."  But that sometimes happens when sailing.  I have to be in the moment, and ahead of it more often than not.  But if I give my head too much room, I overthink it and my boat behaves poorly.

Bottom line is, everything is everything, and I need to remember that more often.