"So what do you do after months of pouring heart and soul into the recording of
your latest album - now that the work is complete?
"The answer is - you get up early the following day and begin plotting and planning the next album.
"Or at least that is that the answer if you are Simple Minds, particularly so at this moment in time.
Some will no doubt shrug and be thinking "Of course. With much of the world, and almost of Europe, still dealing with
lockdown restrictions etc. What else can you do - but stay indoors and continue being creative? That is
what artists mostly do after all?"
"All of which is true.
"There are others though, given their own experience, who will think. "Not at all! You should always take a break between
different works. Give some space to mentally and emotionally clear out the work you have spent months on. Best to stand
still. Stay dormant - wait for newer inspiration to hopefully visit during the weeks, months, entire year ahead.
Relish the pause instead, read, enjoy some films! Learn how to make a really great minestrone maybe? Wallpaper the hall even?
And what about the idea of converting the attic?"
"(A disclaimer: It is Charlie, not I, who fancies himself more as a
"Options? In past times I would always have chosen the latter. But these are no longer past times - and I'm not even
considering COVID while saying that. No. I'm thinking about time itself. And how, now that we have entered what is our
44th year as Simple Minds. (Occasionally it feels more like 444th!) Quite obviously, we no longer have the
time ahead of us that we once had.
"But that is not the only reason I'm keen on pushing ahead.
"Reality is that after you finish months of work writing and recording, the creative muscles. e.g. the ability to
concentrate, improvise, think through problems etc., articulate clearly to the others involved - is so much stronger
at the end - than at the beginning of the recording. Stands to reason, when you have been doing all of the aforementioned
repeatedly day after day.
"In other words. Far from exhausted, you can feel more in form at the end of an album recording, therefore more fit
mentally, for the next task whatever it should be. Even more beneficial. If you feel good about the work you have just
completed? (I'm buzzing!)
"The result of that means that your confidence is strong.
"And who wouldn't want to jump into the 'next thing' while feeling like that?
16th November 2020