Over the next few weeks I’ll be spending a lot of time in Toronto working with composer Tom Third. As music composers one of the things we discuss is how to get in and out, musically speaking that is. To elaborate, we need to find the best place for music to start and end. We don’t want the music to stick out like a sore thumb.
I have discovered that many situations in life require thought on how to get in and out as well. For example, how do you start a conversation with someone. Of course the answer to this depends on who the person is and their relationship to you. Similarly in music we need to decide what relationship the music has to the picture of lyrics.
It takes time to master this but with dedicated practice you can become great at getting in and out. Take a look at expert networkers. How do they enter and leave a conversations? It should look pretty natural. Take time to study those around you and remember the conversation is about the other person.